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Gregorian chant called seminarian to Catholicism

Gregorian chant called seminarian to Catholicism

| December 7, 2017 | 1 Comment

As Gabe Bouck enters Advent, a season in which Catholics are urged to answer God’s call for conversion, the seminarian is reminded of the melodic voice that inspired him to become Catholic.

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No dispensation for this year’s Christmas Mass on Monday

No dispensation for this year’s Christmas Mass on Monday

| December 7, 2017 | 0 Comments

Although Christmas this year is the day after the fourth Sunday of Advent, Catholics looking to count a Sunday evening Mass Dec. 24 for both that Sunday obligation and Monday’s Christmas Mass obligation will have to think again.

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Pope concerned by U.S. move to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital

Pope concerned by U.S. move to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital

| Junno Arocho Esteves | December 6, 2017 | 4 Comments

Following reports that U.S. President Donald Trump planned to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, Pope Francis expressed his concern that such a move would further destabilize the Middle East.

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Prelates ask prayers for families, firefighters facing devastating blaze

Prelates ask prayers for families, firefighters facing devastating blaze

| December 6, 2017 | 0 Comments

Los Angeles Archbishop Jose Gomez on Dec. 5 called for prayers for the well-being of families, firefighters and rescue workers “facing devastating fires and high winds” in Ventura and Los Angeles counties in Southern California.

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Pope expresses satisfaction with meetings on Rohingya crisis

Pope expresses satisfaction with meetings on Rohingya crisis

| Cindy Wooden | December 5, 2017 | 0 Comments

Well aware he was disappointing some people by not using the word “Rohingya” publicly in Myanmar, Pope Francis said his chief concern had been to get a point across, and he did.

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Court seems divided in cake case examining religious rights, expression

Court seems divided in cake case examining religious rights, expression

| Carol Zimmermann | December 5, 2017 | 0 Comments

The U.S. Supreme Court seemed equally divided in the long-anticipated oral arguments Dec. 5 about the baker who refused to make a wedding cake for a same-sex couple because of his religious beliefs.

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In Nova Scotia, cemeteries tell story of 1917 ship collision, explosion

In Nova Scotia, cemeteries tell story of 1917 ship collision, explosion

| December 5, 2017 | 0 Comments

The tall, gray and weathered headstone in Mount Olivet Catholic Cemetery is carved with 11 names, all from the same family, and with a simple statement at the bottom: “They died Dec. 6, 1917, at 66 Veith St.”

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Court allows travel ban to be implemented as legal challenges continue

Court allows travel ban to be implemented as legal challenges continue

| December 5, 2017 | 1 Comment

The U.S. Supreme Court said Dec. 4 that President Donald Trump’s travel ban restricting entry into the United States by nationals from some countries can be fully implemented while legal challenges to the ban work their way through the lower courts.

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Newtown and gun violence: One place where the political became personal

Newtown and gun violence: One place where the political became personal

| Mark Pattison | December 5, 2017 | 9 Comments

The numbers are inescapable: Dec. 14, 26 dead, five years.

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Croatian archbishop deplores ‘unjust verdicts’ after general’s suicide

Croatian archbishop deplores ‘unjust verdicts’ after general’s suicide

| December 5, 2017 | 0 Comments

The president of Croatia’s bishops’ conference condemned “unjust verdicts” at a United Nations war crimes trial, after a jailed general publicly committed suicide when his appeal was rejected.

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Innu women testify that Oblate missionary inappropriately touched them

Innu women testify that Oblate missionary inappropriately touched them

| Francois Gloutnay | December 5, 2017 | 0 Comments

Oblate Father Alexis Joveneau was said to have inappropriately touched women and girls in the Innu community in Quebec where he ministered from 1953 until his death in 1992.

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SNAP apologizes to St. Louis Archdiocese, priests over false abuse claims

SNAP apologizes to St. Louis Archdiocese, priests over false abuse claims

| December 4, 2017 | 0 Comments

The Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests issued an apology to the Archdiocese of St. Louis and two of its priests, Father Joseph Jiang and the late Msgr. Joseph Pins.

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