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Bishop calls mass shooting at naval station ‘truly heartbreaking’

Bishop calls mass shooting at naval station ‘truly heartbreaking’

| December 10, 2019 | 0 Comments

Reacting to “the horrific mass shooting” that took place early Dec. 6 at Naval Air Station Pensacola, Bishop William A. Wack of Pensacola-Tallahassee said the “tragedy in our diocese is truly heartbreaking.”

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When it comes to giving, less is more

When it comes to giving, less is more

| Laura Kelly Fanucci | December 5, 2019 | 0 Comments

Every year my sister and I make the same promise to each other. “One year, we’re not going to do presents at all,” we declare over the phone. “And it will be the best Christmas ever.”

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Pope demands action for failing fight against climate change

Pope demands action for failing fight against climate change

| Paige Hanley | December 4, 2019 | 0 Comments

Despite growing recognition of climate change as a legitimate and looming threat, current commitments to mitigate its effects and alter human behavior fall short of those needed to resolve the crisis in time, Pope Francis said.

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School Sisters bid farewell to St. Francis de Sales

School Sisters bid farewell to St. Francis de Sales

| Debbie Musser | December 3, 2019 | 0 Comments

As they walk through the convent, with its intimate chapel, outdoor garden, spacious kitchen and gathering spaces, the four School Sisters of Notre Dame are sentimental.

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Michigan priest asks judge in same-sex marriage not to receive Communion

Michigan priest asks judge in same-sex marriage not to receive Communion

| December 3, 2019 | 0 Comments

The Diocese of Grand Rapids said it supports the decision by one of its pastors to request a Michigan judge not to present herself for Communion at Mass because she is in same-sex marriage.

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Issue of selling slaves ‘bigger than Georgetown,’ says descendant

Issue of selling slaves ‘bigger than Georgetown,’ says descendant

| Mark Pattison | December 3, 2019 | 0 Comments

The issue of Georgetown University selling slaves more than 180 years ago to get out of a debt that could have shut down the institution is “bigger than Georgetown,” said one of the roughly 8,000 known descendants of those enslaved African Americans.

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Pope returns part of relic of Jesus’ crib to Holy Land

Pope returns part of relic of Jesus’ crib to Holy Land

| Cindy Wooden | December 3, 2019 | 0 Comments

As Advent approached, Pope Francis gave a small fragment of Jesus’ crib back to Catholics in the Holy Land.

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Alleged victim names former cardinal, N.J. archdiocese in lawsuit

Alleged victim names former cardinal, N.J. archdiocese in lawsuit

| December 3, 2019 | 0 Comments

A day after a New Jersey victims’ rights law went into effect, a 37-year-old man represented by Minnesota attorney Jeff Anderson has filed a lawsuit against Theodore McCarrick, a former cardinal who was Newark’s archbishop from 1986 to 2000.

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Beatification for Archbishop Sheen postponed

Beatification for Archbishop Sheen postponed

| December 3, 2019 | 0 Comments

Bishop Daniel R. Jenky of Peoria said Dec. 3 Vatican officials have told him that the upcoming beatification of Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen has been postponed.

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Pope asks Catholics to set up, be enchanted by a Nativity scene

Pope asks Catholics to set up, be enchanted by a Nativity scene

| Cindy Wooden | December 3, 2019 | 0 Comments

A Nativity scene is a simple reminder of something astonishing: God became human to reveal the greatness of his love “by smiling and opening his arms to all,” Pope Francis said in a letter on the meaning and importance of setting up Christmas cribs.

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Dispute ideas, pope tells theologians, but don’t confuse the faithful

Dispute ideas, pope tells theologians, but don’t confuse the faithful

| Cindy Wooden | December 3, 2019 | 0 Comments

Theologians must explore and debate disputed questions, at times even taking “risks” with what they propose, but those discussions should take place within the academy so as not to confuse the faithful, Pope Francis said.

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Everyday Heroes: Army officer donates part of liver to save priest’s life

Everyday Heroes: Army officer donates part of liver to save priest’s life

| Andrew Fowler | November 27, 2019 | 0 Comments

Father Dennis Callan’s health was rapidly declining. His situation was so dire that his dentist refused to even pull a tooth out of fear that the he would bleed to death.

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