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Pope asks Catholic farmers to preserve, respect rhythms of nature

Pope asks Catholic farmers to preserve, respect rhythms of nature

| Cindy Wooden | December 13, 2016 | 0 Comments

Acknowledging the uncertainty faced by many farmers, Pope Francis encouraged members of the International Catholic Rural Association to maintain as much as possible their traditional rhythms of work, family life and respect for the environment.

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Pope calls Coptic Pope Tawadros to express condolences after Cairo attack

Pope calls Coptic Pope Tawadros to express condolences after Cairo attack

| Cindy Wooden | December 12, 2016 | 1 Comment

Pope Francis phoned Coptic Orthodox Pope Tawadros II of Alexandria Dec. 12, expressing his prayers and condolences for the previous day’s terrorist attack at the Cairo cathedral that left 25 people dead.

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Thousands gather for Walk With Mary in honor of Our Lady of Guadalupe

Thousands gather for Walk With Mary in honor of Our Lady of Guadalupe

| Kelly Seegers | December 12, 2016 | 0 Comments

People on the sidewalks of Washington momentarily stopped their holiday shopping and paused in the cold Dec. 10 to take in the sight of hundreds of pilgrims processing through the streets alongside images of Mary.

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Give flesh to the Gospel like Mary did, pope says on Guadalupe feast

Give flesh to the Gospel like Mary did, pope says on Guadalupe feast

| Cindy Wooden | December 12, 2016 | 0 Comments

Celebrating the feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, Pope Francis described Mary as a strong woman who inspires believers to give “flesh to the Gospel” in societies often marked by distrust and blindness.

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Christmas joy comes from knowing God loves and saves us, pope says

Christmas joy comes from knowing God loves and saves us, pope says

| Cindy Wooden | December 12, 2016 | 0 Comments

As Christmas approached, St. Peter’s Square was filled with balloons, singing and an incredible variety of Baby Jesus figurines — everything from plastic figures that would fit in a walnut shell to those that were larger-than-life sized.

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Ohio lawmakers send governor two bills restricting abortion

Ohio lawmakers send governor two bills restricting abortion

| December 9, 2016 | 0 Comments

On Dec. 8, lawmakers passed a measure to ban abortions in the state after 20 weeks, or five months of pregnancy. On Dec. 6, they approved legislation that would ban abortions when a fetal heartbeat can be detected, which is usually at about the sixth week of pregnancy.

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John Glenn, American ‘icon,’ astronaut, former U.S. senator, dies at 95

John Glenn, American ‘icon,’ astronaut, former U.S. senator, dies at 95

| December 9, 2016 | 0 Comments

Astronaut legend and decorated World War II pilot John H. Glenn, who served for 24 years in the U.S. Senate and inspired young people to pursue careers in sciences and engineering, died Dec. 8. He was 95.

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‘Tis the season, and Bethlehem businesses hope for a merry one

‘Tis the season, and Bethlehem businesses hope for a merry one

| Judith Sudilovsky | December 7, 2016 | 0 Comments

Even the Christmas decorations seem more cheerful this year in Bethlehem.

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Amid the darkness, hold fast to light of hope, pope says

Amid the darkness, hold fast to light of hope, pope says

| Cindy Wooden | December 7, 2016 | 0 Comments

Christian hope is not the same as being optimistic about the future, but is knowing that whatever dark or frightening things are going on in one’s life, God is there offering protection and light, Pope Francis said.

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Priest-historian: 75 years later, Pearl Harbor ‘such a powerful event’

Priest-historian: 75 years later, Pearl Harbor ‘such a powerful event’

| Mark Pattison | December 7, 2016 | 0 Comments

A Catholic military chaplain and historian says the attack on Pearl Harbor, even 75 years later, continues to rivet the attention of Americans because it is “such a powerful event.”

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Paper’s 1941 war edition expressed faith, patriotism of island Catholics

Paper’s 1941 war edition expressed faith, patriotism of island Catholics

| Patrick Downes | December 7, 2016 | 0 Comments

“Our beloved country is at war. Our peaceful shores have been ruthlessly attacked, and all citizens are called upon to unite their efforts toward that peace for which we have all prayed, that peace which the world cannot give, and that peace which God will surely bring about when mankind has seen its folly and conforms its ways to his.”

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Supreme Court agrees to take up church hospitals’ pension dispute

Supreme Court agrees to take up church hospitals’ pension dispute

| Carol Zimmermann | December 5, 2016 | 0 Comments

The Supreme Court agreed Dec. 2 to hear arguments about church hospital pension disputes over whether religious hospitals and schools can be exempt from complying with federal laws covering employee pension benefits.

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