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Crowded church? That’s good news

Crowded church? That’s good news

| Laura Kelly Fanucci | December 5, 2018 | 0 Comments

Many people are going to join us on Dec. 24 and 25 who don’t normally come to church. They will take our parking spots, our usual pews, our hymnals and our coat hooks.

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Advent week two: Four ways to be more attentive this Advent

Advent week two: Four ways to be more attentive this Advent

| Father Geoffrey A. Brooke Jr. | December 5, 2018 | 0 Comments

“Be watchful!” and “Be alert!” are two traditional spiritual commands often heard by Catholics during the Advent season in preparation for the birth of Christ at Christmas. To the contemporary Catholic, they can also present somewhat of a conundrum.

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Women religious open Christmas season with German Catholic tradition

Women religious open Christmas season with German Catholic tradition

| Katie Rutter | December 4, 2018 | 0 Comments

The sights and sounds of Christmas brightened the massive dome of the Monastery Immaculate Conception in Ferdinand as six Sisters of St. Benedict rang out “Silent Night” on hand bells.

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Pope’s white Lamborghini up for raffle; winner gets trip to Rome

Pope’s white Lamborghini up for raffle; winner gets trip to Rome

| Carol Glatz | December 4, 2018 | 0 Comments

A custom-built 2018 Lamborghini Huracan coupe autographed by Pope Francis is back on the block, but, this time with an online fundraising platform, not at an elite European auction house.

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Salvadoran human rights office pushes courts to prosecute saint’s killer

Salvadoran human rights office pushes courts to prosecute saint’s killer

| December 4, 2018 | 0 Comments

The human rights office for the Archdiocese of San Salvador is taking the country’s judicial system to task, urging the prompt prosecution of those responsible in the assassination of St. Oscar Arnulfo Romero, calling for an end to “creative” excuses for not doing so.

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Archdiocese of Santa Fe to file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection

Archdiocese of Santa Fe to file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection

| December 4, 2018 | 0 Comments

Archbishop John C. Wester of Santa Fe, New Mexico, said the archdiocese planned to file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection following the recommendation of several consultative groups.

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Ohio House passes bill to ban abortion after heartbeat of unborn detected

Ohio House passes bill to ban abortion after heartbeat of unborn detected

| December 4, 2018 | 0 Comments

The Ohio House for the second time in two years has passed a ban on abortion after the fetal heartbeat is detected, which could occur within the first six weeks of pregnancy.

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Illegal drug makers, dealers are traffickers of death, pope says

Illegal drug makers, dealers are traffickers of death, pope says

| Carol Glatz | December 3, 2018 | 0 Comments

Everyone must help in the fight against drugs, particularly governments which are called to confront the “traffickers of death” who produce, distribute or sell addictive substances, Pope Francis said.

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World needs humble leaders unafraid to meet their enemies, pope says

World needs humble leaders unafraid to meet their enemies, pope says

| Carol Glatz | December 3, 2018 | 0 Comments

The world needs leaders who are humble and willing to talk with their enemies with the aim of leading their countries toward peace, Pope Francis said.

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11th Circuit ruling ‘finally’ ends EWTN court fight over HHS mandate

11th Circuit ruling ‘finally’ ends EWTN court fight over HHS mandate

| December 3, 2018 | 0 Comments

The chairman and CEO of the Eternal Word Television Network said the global Catholic media organization is “grateful that finally” it no longer “has to worry about being forced to choose between massive fines and following our faith.”

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Ethicist: Gene-editing human embryos ‘a train wreck of a thing to do’

Ethicist: Gene-editing human embryos ‘a train wreck of a thing to do’

| Mark Pattison | December 3, 2018 | 0 Comments

The revelation in late November that a Chinese researcher had edited genes in human embryos and then implanted them in a woman was “a train wreck of a thing to do,” said an ethicist at the National Catholic Bioethics Center in Philadelphia.

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Advent is time of vigilance and prayer, pope says

Advent is time of vigilance and prayer, pope says

| Cindy Wooden | December 3, 2018 | 0 Comments

Christians can turn Christmas into a “pagan” or “mundane” holiday by focusing on the gifts and the tree rather than on the birth of Jesus and his promise to come again, Pope Francis said.

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