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Vatican agency says at least 23 church workers killed in 2017

Vatican agency says at least 23 church workers killed in 2017

| December 28, 2017 | 1 Comment

The majority of Catholic Church workers violently killed in 2017 were victims of attempted robberies, the Vatican’s Fides agency said, with Nigeria and Mexico topping the list countries where the most brutal murders were carried out.

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Pope: Festivities become a facade when Christ is left out of Christmas

Pope: Festivities become a facade when Christ is left out of Christmas

| Carol Glatz | December 27, 2017 | 0 Comments

Only when Christ is the focus of the Christmas season do all the colorful lights, carols, special meals and traditions help create a festive and joyous atmosphere, Pope Francis said.

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Ohio priest being investigated for ‘questionable’ texts commits suicide

Ohio priest being investigated for ‘questionable’ texts commits suicide

| December 27, 2017 | 0 Comments

A priest being investigated for “excessive and questionable” communications with a minor and possible misuse of church funds committed suicide, the bishop of the Diocese of Columbus, Ohio, said.

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Pope prays for world’s suffering children on Christmas

Pope prays for world’s suffering children on Christmas

| Cindy Wooden | December 26, 2017 | 0 Comments

Those who recognize the Lord in the baby Jesus in the manger also should recognize his presence in children suffering today because of war, poverty and immigration, Pope Francis said.

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Christmas proclaims hope, charity where fear reigns, pope says

Christmas proclaims hope, charity where fear reigns, pope says

| December 25, 2017 | 1 Comment

Christmas calls believers to see God’s presence where he is often perceived as absent, especially in the “unwelcomed visitor, often unrecognizable, who walks through our cities and our neighborhoods, who travels on our buses and knocks on our doors,” Pope Francis said.

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Father Lachner remembered for intelligence, meeting celebrity singer

Father Lachner remembered for intelligence, meeting celebrity singer

| December 22, 2017 | 0 Comments

Father Anton Lachner experienced great suffering the last eight years of his life, his family said, after having a series of strokes, the first of which he experienced after retiring at age 70 in 2009.

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Counties seen as key to ongoing death penalty struggle

Counties seen as key to ongoing death penalty struggle

| Mark Pattison | December 22, 2017 | 0 Comments

While much of the focus has been on the Supreme Court, state legislatures, governors and juries in the ongoing fight to abolish capital punishment in the United States, the head of the Death Penalty Information Center suggested that counties may be key.

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Pope’s New Year priorities: Refugees, youths, trips, more Curia reform

Pope’s New Year priorities: Refugees, youths, trips, more Curia reform

| December 22, 2017 | 1 Comment

Foreign trips, a focus on the rights and needs of migrants and refugees and a Synod of Bishops dedicated to young people all are on the 2018 calendar for Pope Francis.

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ACA repeal effort highlights health care tug-of-war

ACA repeal effort highlights health care tug-of-war

| Mark Pattison | December 22, 2017 | 0 Comments

While efforts by congressional Republicans to repeal the Affordable Care Act over the first half of 2017 dominated the headlines on the health care stage, there were other issues that also merited attention.

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Nuclear threat raises tensions in U.S., Asia, worldwide

Nuclear threat raises tensions in U.S., Asia, worldwide

| Mark Pattison | December 22, 2017 | 1 Comment

The ratcheting up of North Korea’s missile testing, and fears that it also is advancing in its quest to launch a nuclear weapon, has gotten the attention of virtually everyone within range of any North Korean-fired missile and leaders worldwide, including Pope Francis.

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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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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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