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Surprise! Pope makes several impromptu visits

Surprise! Pope makes several impromptu visits

| Cindy Wooden | December 10, 2018 | 0 Comments

Pope Francis made surprise visits Dec. 7 and 8 to people receiving medical care far from their homes, to a dozen intellectually challenged young people and to the staff of a major Rome newspaper.

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Pope: Prepare for Christ’s birth by recognizing mistakes, sowing peace

Pope: Prepare for Christ’s birth by recognizing mistakes, sowing peace

| Carol Glatz | December 10, 2018 | 0 Comments

Advent is a time for people to think about what they can change about themselves so that they can sow the seeds of peace, justice and fraternity in their daily lives, Pope Francis said.

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Woman dumps acid on priest hearing confessions in Managua

Woman dumps acid on priest hearing confessions in Managua

| December 7, 2018 | 0 Comments

A 24-year-old woman dumped sulfuric acid on a priest while he was hearing confessions in the Managua cathedral.

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German prosecutors launch crackdown on church sex abuse

German prosecutors launch crackdown on church sex abuse

| Zita Ballinger Fletcher | December 7, 2018 | 0 Comments

German police and prosecutors are launching investigations into clergy sexual abuse following the Sept. 12 leak of a report containing evidence of 3,700 alleged child sex abuse cases in the Catholic Church over a 68-year-period.

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Christmas spirit in the air as Vatican unveils Nativity scene, tree

Christmas spirit in the air as Vatican unveils Nativity scene, tree

| December 7, 2018 | 0 Comments

Hundreds of people in St. Peter’s Square Dec. 7 applauded as white curtains unfurled, revealing a 52-foot wide artistic representation of Jesus’ birth made entirely of sand and dubbed the “Sand Nativity.”

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Feast of Immaculate Conception does not get weekend dispensation

Feast of Immaculate Conception does not get weekend dispensation

| Carol Zimmermann | December 7, 2018 | 0 Comments

Just last year, Catholics were required to attend separate Masses two days in a row for the Sunday obligation and Monday’s Christmas Mass. Now, they have a similar opportunity this year with the feast of the Immaculate Conception falling on a Saturday — Dec. 8.

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Paris archbishop to pray for France as fuel taxes canceled

Paris archbishop to pray for France as fuel taxes canceled

| December 7, 2018 | 0 Comments

Paris Archbishop Michel Aupetit planned to pray for the country Dec. 7, even as the French government dropped all fuel tax increases for 2019.

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Pope revamps Vatican City State structures, laws to boost oversight

Pope revamps Vatican City State structures, laws to boost oversight

| Carol Glatz and Junno Arocho Esteves | December 6, 2018 | 0 Comments

Pope Francis approved a new set of laws concerning the structure and governance of Vatican City State in an effort to simplify the many offices and activities of the world’s smallest nation and to boost oversight, transparency and budgetary controls.

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Australian judge overturns former Adelaide archbishop’s conviction

Australian judge overturns former Adelaide archbishop’s conviction

| December 6, 2018 | 0 Comments

An Australian judge overturned the conviction of Archbishop Philip Wilson, whom a lower court found guilty of failing to report allegations of child sexual abuse by a priest.

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Pope expresses condolences for death of former President Bush

Pope expresses condolences for death of former President Bush

| Carol Glatz | December 5, 2018 | 0 Comments

Pope Francis expressed his condolences for the death of the 41st president of the United States, George H.W. Bush.

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Advent calendars: Old tradition and modern commercialism, same message

Advent calendars: Old tradition and modern commercialism, same message

| Carol Zimmermann | December 5, 2018 | 0 Comments

The Advent calendar with one tab or box to open each day for 24 or 25 days taps into something people really like: countdowns. It also highlights the anticipation that is at the heart of the four-week liturgical season of Advent.

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Nation’s 43rd president says his late father was ‘a great and noble man’

Nation’s 43rd president says his late father was ‘a great and noble man’

| December 5, 2018 | 0 Comments

In the days since the Nov. 30 death of former President George H.W. Bush, several news outlets reported that some years ago he told family members that he doubted any one would come to his memorial when he died.

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