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DiNardo: With cardinal’s death, keep abuse survivors ‘close in prayer’

DiNardo: With cardinal’s death, keep abuse survivors ‘close in prayer’

| December 20, 2017 | 0 Comments

The president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops offered his prayers and condolences to family and friends of Cardinal Bernard Law, who died Dec. 20 in Rome, but at the same time he called abuse survivors “brave” and said the Catholic Church must keep them “close in prayer.”

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Cardinal Law, whose legacy was marred by sex abuse scandal, dies

Cardinal Law, whose legacy was marred by sex abuse scandal, dies

| December 20, 2017 | 3 Comments

Cardinal Bernard Law, who had been one of the United States’ most powerful and respected bishops until his legacy was blemished by the devastating sexual abuse of minors by priests in his Archdiocese of Boston, died early Dec. 20 in Rome at the age of 86.

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Study: More Americans don’t view Christmas as religious

Study: More Americans don’t view Christmas as religious

| December 19, 2017 | 0 Comments

The percentage of Americans who see Christmas as a religious holiday continues to slide across nearly all demographic lines.

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After terrorism attempt, Trump calls for end to immigration programs

After terrorism attempt, Trump calls for end to immigration programs

| Rhina Guidos | December 19, 2017 | 8 Comments

While many Catholics took to social media asking for the intercession of Our Lady of Guadalupe in the life of migrants who have come to the U.S. seeking a better life, President Donald Trump called, on Dec. 12, her feast day, for an end to two immigration programs.

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Effort to repeal Johnson Amendment dropped from tax reform bill

Effort to repeal Johnson Amendment dropped from tax reform bill

| December 19, 2017 | 0 Comments

A regulation that bars nonprofits and houses of worship from making political endorsements remains on the books after it was dropped from the Republican tax reform bill.

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Knights give aid to churches still rebuilding, repairing after hurricanes

Knights give aid to churches still rebuilding, repairing after hurricanes

| December 19, 2017 | 0 Comments

The Knights of Columbus, based in New Haven, announced it is committing $1.4 million to repair or help rebuild churches destroyed or badly damaged by the hurricanes that hit Texas, Florida and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

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In #MeToo movement Catholic Church can play role in discussion, healing

In #MeToo movement Catholic Church can play role in discussion, healing

| Carol Zimmermann | December 19, 2017 | 5 Comments

The wave of accusations of sexual harassment, misconduct and assault from Hollywood to Capitol Hill and many places in between in recent months has been described as a revolution, a moment and a time for national reckoning.

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Popularity of Gregorian chant has flourished in recent years

Popularity of Gregorian chant has flourished in recent years

| Chaz Muth and Jose Montoya | December 19, 2017 | 1 Comment

James Senson grew up in the Virginia Beach, Virginia, area in the 1980s and his exposure to music in his home parish sounded remarkably similar to the tunes played on popular radio stations in the region.

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Catholic leaders offer prayers for all affected by train derailment

Catholic leaders offer prayers for all affected by train derailment

| December 19, 2017 | 0 Comments

Catholic leaders in the Archdiocese of Seattle and the Archdiocese of Portland, Oregon, offered prayers for all affected by the Dec. 18 derailment of an Amtrak train that had just come from the Tacoma station and was headed to Portland.

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Gregorian chant offers Catholics elevated liturgy tied to early church

Gregorian chant offers Catholics elevated liturgy tied to early church

| Chaz Muth | December 18, 2017 | 3 Comments

When Erin Bullock steps in front of the altar at the Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle in Washington, she is there to sing parts of the liturgy and to guide members of the congregation through song.

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In Rome and abroad, pope urges unity, care for poor

In Rome and abroad, pope urges unity, care for poor

| Cindy Wooden | December 18, 2017 | 0 Comments

Pope Francis spent much of 2017 preaching and teaching about the need to value differences rather than fear them, and he adopted legislation that would allow more room for diversity within the Catholic Church.

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Creche crush: D.C. couple has collection of 500 Nativity scenes

Creche crush: D.C. couple has collection of 500 Nativity scenes

| Mark Pattison | December 18, 2017 | 0 Comments

For Roger and Marguerite Sullivan of Washington, Christmas really is the most wonderful time of the year.

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