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Three lessons from ‘The Joy of the Gospel’

Three lessons from ‘The Joy of the Gospel’

| Jennifer Manning | December 17, 2013 | 0 Comments

Pope Francis is a master teacher for today’s world. He has a knack for summing up sagacious teachings in 140 characters or less, he organizes the main ideas of his homilies and teachings in groups of three to make them easy to follow and remember, and he gets the attention of his “students” by living Christ’s message in an exceedingly radical way.

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U.S. senator, co-sponsors introduce Marriage and Religious Freedom Act

U.S. senator, co-sponsors introduce Marriage and Religious Freedom Act

| December 16, 2013 | 2 Comments

U.S. Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, and 11 co-sponsors introduced a measure in the U.S. Senate Dec. 12 that would protect religious organizations from discrimination by the federal government for supporting traditional marriage.

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Pope reconfirms Cardinal Ouellet to lead bishops’ congregation

Pope reconfirms Cardinal Ouellet to lead bishops’ congregation

| Cindy Wooden | December 16, 2013 | 0 Comments

Nine months after his election, Pope Francis has reconfirmed Canadian Cardinal Marc Ouellet as prefect of the Congregation for Bishops, seen as one of the most powerful offices of the Roman Curia, and expanded the international membership of the congregation.

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Pope Francis is third pope to win Time’s Person of the Year honor

Pope Francis is third pope to win Time’s Person of the Year honor

| December 11, 2013 | 1 Comment

Pope Francis is not seeking fame or accolades, but being named Time magazine’s Person of the Year will make him happy if it helps attract people to the hope of the Gospel, said the Vatican spokesman.

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Under Mandela, South Africa became beacon to world, says U.S. bishop

Under Mandela, South Africa became beacon to world, says U.S. bishop

| George P. Matysek Jr. | December 10, 2013 | 1 Comment

Witnessing thousands of South Africans of all races vote in the first free elections after the fall of apartheid was a “great, life-changing experience” for Bishop John H. Ricard. “It was a very exhilarating experience to see old enemies finally reconciling and to actually see the birth of a country,” remembered Bishop Ricard, a former […]

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With ‘ministry of presence,’ friars offer holiday shoppers hospitality

With ‘ministry of presence,’ friars offer holiday shoppers hospitality

| December 5, 2013 | 0 Comments

Some retail outlets began playing Christmas music this year the day after Halloween to remind customers that the shopping days before Christmas were dwindling. One store, however, is taking a different approach this Advent season. The Franciscan Friars of the St. John the Baptist Province now occupy a store in the same corridor as Macy’s […]

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Pope to set up advisory commission on sexual abuse

Pope to set up advisory commission on sexual abuse

| Francis X. Rocca | December 5, 2013 | 0 Comments

Pope Francis accepted a proposal to set up a special commission on the sexual abuse of children, which will advise him on ways to prevent abuse and provide pastoral care for victims and their families.

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Vatican official urges steps to address ‘ethical challenge’ of climate change

Vatican official urges steps to address ‘ethical challenge’ of climate change

| Jonathan Luxmoore | December 4, 2013 | 0 Comments

Climate change represents an “ethical challenge to civilization,” said the Vatican’s lead representative to an international conference in Warsaw, Poland, discussing the worldwide impact of climate change. Archbishop Celestino Migliore told attendees at a church-run conference that the Vatican would help “form con­sciences and ethical perspectives” on climate change in line with Catholic social teaching, […]

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Pope to help launch worldwide ‘wave of prayer’ against hunger

Pope to help launch worldwide ‘wave of prayer’ against hunger

| Carol Glatz | December 4, 2013 | 0 Comments

Pope Francis will help launch a global campaign of prayer and action against world hunger.

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National Catholic Rural Life Conference changes, shortens name

National Catholic Rural Life Conference changes, shortens name

| Mark Pattison | December 2, 2013 | 0 Comments

The National Catholic Rural Life Conference hasn’t trimmed any of its mission or functions, but it has shortened its name to Catholic Rural Life.

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In conversations with parishioners, pope reveals he once was a bouncer

In conversations with parishioners, pope reveals he once was a bouncer

| Carol Glatz | December 2, 2013 | 1 Comment

In addition to having worked sweeping floors and running tests in a chemical laboratory as a teenager, Pope Francis revealed he also used to work as a bouncer.

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Baptism sets up life of ‘fulfillment, purpose,’ speaker tells youths

Baptism sets up life of ‘fulfillment, purpose,’ speaker tells youths

| Natalie Hoefer | December 2, 2013 | 0 Comments

When Stevie Wonder wrote his hit single “Signed, Sealed, Delivered I’m Yours” in 1970, he likely never imagined the words would form the theme of a national Catholic gathering for youths.

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