U.S. Supreme Court to rule on same-sex marriage

December 17, 2012

The U.S. Supreme Court will take up two cases over the constitutionality of same-sex marriage in the spring.

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Papal secretary named archbishop

Msgr. Georg Ganswein

December 17, 2012

Pope Benedict has named his personal secretary, Msgr. Georg Ganswein, an archbishop and the new prefect of the papal household.

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Vatican prepares tree, Nativity scene

December 17, 2012

Christmas in St. Peter’s Square this year has a particularly southern Italian flavour with a towering tree from the Molise region and a Nativity scene donated by the Basilicata region.

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Hanukkah candles

December 17, 2012

An Ultra-Orthodox Jewish couple lights candles on the third night of the Jewish holiday of Hanukkah, The Festival of Lights in Jerusalem Dec. 10.

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Word made Flesh overcomes secularism with power of grace

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December 17, 2012

We have reached the point in Western society where it needs to be asked whether we still celebrate Christmas. That is, is it Christmas – the revolution of the Word made Flesh – we celebrate or has a Bacchanalian, consumerist ritual taken over?

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Note in a bottle tossed into a literary sea is read around the world

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

December 17, 2012

In late November, 1982, while a graduate student in Louvain, Belgium, I began writing this column. That makes for 30 years. When I began writing this, I had no idea as to where this would go, no grand plan. I was putting notes into milk bottles and floating them out to sea, across an ocean in this case, hoping somebody might read them.

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Christmas – a time to bless our gift of life

John Connelly

December 17, 2012
Fourth Sunday of Advent
December 23, 2012

Here we are at the threshold of another Christmas. I am thinking of the lyrics of John Lennon's poignant song of the season, "And so this is Christmas. And what have you done? Another year over and a new one just begun."

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What can I do instead of buying presents?

Sr. Louise Zdunich

December 17, 2012

I'm tired of buying presents at Christmas. Isn't there something else?

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Prison chaplains witness the right to religious freedom

Bob McKeon

December 17, 2012

One of the concerns raised in the Last Judgment scene in Matthew's Gospel is whether "when I was in prison you visited me."

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The deaf a reminder of the power of silence

December 17, 2012
(Following is Archbishop Richard Smith's homily at the Dec. 7 ordination of Father Matthew Hysell.)

This evening it escapes no one that we are the privileged witnesses of an historic moment in the life not only of this archdiocese but also of the Church in Canada. For the first time in our country, a man who is deaf is ordained to the ministerial priesthood.

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