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Advent week four: Christ’s coming in history, mystery and majesty

Advent week four: Christ’s coming in history, mystery and majesty

| Father Graham R. Golden, O. Praem. | December 21, 2018 | 0 Comments

As we journey through Advent each year we encounter a threefold sense of Christ’s coming: in history, in mystery and in majesty.

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Advent week four: Making John the Baptist’s acquaintance in Advent

Advent week four: Making John the Baptist’s acquaintance in Advent

| David Gibson | December 21, 2018 | 0 Comments

What do you think the John the Baptist of real time 2,000 years ago looked like and sounded like? I’m talking about the fascinating desert preacher who makes a fresh appearance in Christian communities during the Advent season leading to Christmas.

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Catholic experts in nutrition and ethics offer holiday temperance ideas

Catholic experts in nutrition and ethics offer holiday temperance ideas

| Gina Christian | December 21, 2018 | 0 Comments

Parties, cookie exchanges, family get-togethers and that bowl of Christmas candy on your co-worker’s desk can all weigh heavily on the scale at this time of year.

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Christians working with Syrians: U.S. withdrawal puts minorities at risk

Christians working with Syrians: U.S. withdrawal puts minorities at risk

| Dale Gavlak | December 20, 2018 | 0 Comments

Several Mideast-based Christians working on the Syria crisis have joined a growing chorus about U.S. President Donald Trump’s decision to pull some 2,000 American troops from Syria. They say it puts Christians at risk and could force them to flee again, and they want the decision reversed.

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‘Everything changes’ with Christ’s birth, pope says

‘Everything changes’ with Christ’s birth, pope says

| Cindy Wooden | December 20, 2018 | 0 Comments

The Annunciation — the Angel Gabriel announcing to Mary that she will bear God’s son — was such a tremendous, history-changing event that preaching about it is extremely difficult, Pope Francis said.

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The Eucharist, Christmas and the manger

The Eucharist, Christmas and the manger

| Father Michael Van Sloun | December 19, 2018 | 0 Comments

St. Luke places an extremely high value on the Eucharist, and it is a major point of emphasis woven into the fabric of his Gospel from beginning to end. He artfully inserts a curious detail into his birth account to begin to state his case: Mary “gave birth to her firstborn son … and laid him in a manger” (Lk 2:7). The manger is mentioned twice more in verses 12 and 16.

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Presents will fade, but love remains

Presents will fade, but love remains

| Father Nathaniel Meyers | December 19, 2018 | 0 Comments

According to Forbes Magazine, American holiday spending exceeded $1 trillion in 2016, and it dropped to a little more than $700 billion in 2017. As we are now just a few days away from Christmas in 2018, no doubt Americans have started to rack up an impressive amount of spending again this year.

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Pope: God’s Christmas wish isn’t buying-frenzy, feast, but gift of self

Pope: God’s Christmas wish isn’t buying-frenzy, feast, but gift of self

| Carol Glatz | December 19, 2018 | 0 Comments

Christmas will not be authentic if people get caught up in a frenzy of shopping, presents and meals, all while ignoring the poor and forgetting who the celebration is really all about, Pope Francis said.

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Aquaman — A-III (PG-13)

Aquaman — A-III (PG-13)

| John Mulderig | December 19, 2018 | 0 Comments

Though he may lack a pineapple in which to dwell, “Aquaman,” as his name suggests, spends much of his time under the sea.

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Christian, Muslim leaders join Jordan’s king for Christmas celebration

Christian, Muslim leaders join Jordan’s king for Christmas celebration

| Dale Gavlak | December 19, 2018 | 0 Comments

As sectarian strife engulfs neighboring Mideast countries, Jordan’s King Abdullah II invited Catholic and other leaders to celebrate Christmas in the spirit of fraternity and harmony the holiday symbolizes.

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Pope accepts resignation of Los Angeles auxiliary accused of abuse

Pope accepts resignation of Los Angeles auxiliary accused of abuse

| December 19, 2018 | 0 Comments

Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of 69-year-old Auxiliary Bishop Alexander Salazar of Los Angeles after the archdiocese’s independent Clergy Misconduct Oversight Board recommended he not be allowed to minister because of an allegation of sexual misconduct with a minor in the 1990s.

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Don’t be afraid to ask for things from God in prayer, pope says

Don’t be afraid to ask for things from God in prayer, pope says

| Carol Glatz | December 18, 2018 | 0 Comments

No one should be afraid to turn to God with prayer, especially in times of great doubt, suffering and need, Pope Francis said.

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