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New poll shows most Americans want to hear ‘Merry Christmas’ over ‘Happy Holidays’

New poll shows most Americans want to hear ‘Merry Christmas’ over ‘Happy Holidays’

| December 22, 2017 | 1 Comment

A majority of Americans — 59 percent — say they prefer the greeting “Merry Christmas” to “Happy Holidays” during this season, according to a new Knights of Columbus-Marist poll.

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‘This Is Us,’ ‘Game of Thrones’ top viewing choices for people of faith

‘This Is Us,’ ‘Game of Thrones’ top viewing choices for people of faith

| December 22, 2017 | 1 Comment

It’s probably no surprise that people who go to church watch TV.

What may be a surprise are their prime-time favorites.

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Priest’s ‘sweet secret’: He invented machine that ‘hooked’ the candy cane

Priest’s ‘sweet secret’: He invented machine that ‘hooked’ the candy cane

| Malea Hargett | December 22, 2017 | 0 Comments

An Arkansas priest-inventor had a hand in creating the candy canes that you know and love this time of year.

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Gingrich formally begins service as U.S. ambassador to Holy See

Gingrich formally begins service as U.S. ambassador to Holy See

| Callista Gingrich | December 22, 2017 | 2 Comments

Callista Gingrich presented her letters of credential to Pope Francis, formally assuming her duties as U.S. ambassador to the Holy See.

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Praying with song: Children learn theology behind sacred music

Praying with song: Children learn theology behind sacred music

| Susan Klemond | December 21, 2017 | 0 Comments

Along with liturgical music, the St. Cecilia (girls) and St. Gregory (boys) choristers of the upper choir are rehearsing traditional Christmas music they will sing at the Cathedral’s 4 p.m. Christmas Eve Mass.

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The future for Gregorian chant appears to be bright

The future for Gregorian chant appears to be bright

| Chaz Muth | December 20, 2017 | 0 Comments

As David Lang assembled seminarians for an October rehearsal, he announced they would be going over selected Gregorian chants that would be an important part of the liturgy for an upcoming Mass at Theological College, a national seminary at The Catholic University of America.

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‘The Sultan and the Saint,’ Dec. 26, PBS

‘The Sultan and the Saint,’ Dec. 26, PBS

| Chris Byrd | December 20, 2017 | 0 Comments

Scores of books and films were produced about St. Francis of Assisi prior to Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio’s 2013 election as pope, the first one to take the name Pope Francis.

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Pitch Perfect 3

Pitch Perfect 3

| December 19, 2017 | 0 Comments

The third time’s not a charm for “Pitch Perfect 3,” a discordant and exceedingly unfunny musical comedy.

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Catholic leaders offer prayers for all affected by train derailment

Catholic leaders offer prayers for all affected by train derailment

| December 19, 2017 | 0 Comments

Catholic leaders in the Archdiocese of Seattle and the Archdiocese of Portland, Oregon, offered prayers for all affected by the Dec. 18 derailment of an Amtrak train that had just come from the Tacoma station and was headed to Portland.

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St. Thomas More gives sanctuary to two families

St. Thomas More gives sanctuary to two families

| Bridget Ryder | December 18, 2017 | 0 Comments

Eight months after declaring itself a sanctuary parish for undocumented immigrants, St. Thomas More in St. Paul has hosted two families. The parish’s hospitality gave the families time to sort out situations complicated by their lack of legal immigration status.

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In Rome and abroad, pope urges unity, care for poor

In Rome and abroad, pope urges unity, care for poor

| Cindy Wooden | December 18, 2017 | 0 Comments

Pope Francis spent much of 2017 preaching and teaching about the need to value differences rather than fear them, and he adopted legislation that would allow more room for diversity within the Catholic Church.

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Creche crush: D.C. couple has collection of 500 Nativity scenes

Creche crush: D.C. couple has collection of 500 Nativity scenes

| Mark Pattison | December 18, 2017 | 0 Comments

For Roger and Marguerite Sullivan of Washington, Christmas really is the most wonderful time of the year.

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