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Secular Christmas is encroaching on Advent

November 25, 2013

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas.

Even before Halloween jack-o-lanterns were carved, retailers were advertising the joys of Christmas gift-giving on TV.

Marian apparitions can lead people from faith, says pope

Pope Francis

November 25, 2013

Purported visions of Mary, if taken in the wrong spirit, can sow confusion and distance people from the Gospel, Pope Francis said.

Belgium ponders letting kids opt for euthanasia

November 25, 2013

The president of the Belgian bishops’ conference joined other faith leaders who criticized proposed legislation to extend euthanasia to children and dementia sufferers, warning the measure risks “destroying the functioning of society.

Vatican urged to defend religious freedom in China

November 25, 2013

Cardinal Joseph Zen Ze-kiun, the retired bishop of Hong Kong and an outspoken advocate of religious freedom in China, called on the Vatican to speak more clearly in defence of Catholics there.

Catholic Church partners with World Council

November 25, 2013

When the World Council of Churches Assembly said in its final statement, “We intend to move together,” it referred not only to its members but to the Catholic Church.

Dolan urges U.S. bishops to fight for religious liberty

November 25, 2013

New York Cardinal Timothy Dolan called upon his brother bishops to champion the cause of people around the world being persecuted because of their faith.

Argentine laity help women considering abortion

November 18, 2013

Three years ago, Aida Miranda found herself alone and pregnant in the Argentine capital of Buenos Aires.

Levada rejects divisive media portrayal of pope

Cardinal William Levada

November 18, 2013

The retired head of the Vatican’s doctrinal congregation said some media portrayals of Pope Francis risk making him appear as a sign of division in the Church.

‘Putrid’ hypocrisy worse than mere sin, pope says

November 18, 2013

God loves and forgives sinners but abhors and condemns “putrid” hypocrites who lead others to sin, Pope Francis said.

Treat Roma justly, says French bishop

November 18, 2013

The president of the French bishops’ conference criticized his country’s attitudes to Roma and migrants and urged the Catholic Church to lead the way in upholding “fraternity, justice and solidarity” with the poorest.

Cardinal Bartolucci directed Sistine Chapel Choir

November 18, 2013

Italian Cardinal Domenico Bartolucci, who had devoted most of his priestly life to music and served as director of the Sistine Chapel Choir for more than 40 years, died Nov. 11 at the age of 96.

God expects an RSVP to his invitations – pope

November 18, 2013

Being on God’s “guest list” is not enough for salvation; a person must respond to the offer of faith and actively participate in the life of the Church, Pope Francis said.

U.S. Catholics eager to give input on family synod

November 18, 2013

Many everyday Catholics are anxious to weigh in on questions the Vatican has sent out in preparation for the extraordinary Synod of Bishops on the family next October.

Congo peace a step on way to reconciliation – bishops

November 18, 2013

The Catholic Church rejoiced at the end of a yearlong military campaign in North Kivu by the defeated rebels of the M23 movement, but made it clear that much remains to be done to consolidate that peace.

Sisters ask for day of prayer against trafficking

St. Josephine Bakhita

November 11, 2013

After Pope Francis entrusted two Vatican academies to study the problem of human trafficking, a group of women religious asked the pope to raise greater awareness in the Church about the issue by establishing a worldwide day of prayer and fasting.

Mortar strike hits Vatican embassy in Syria

November 11, 2013

A mortar round hit the apostolic nunciature in the Syrian capital, causing limited damage to the building and no causalities because of the early hour of the strike, said the Vatican ambassador to Syria.

Francis will create cardinals in February

November 11, 2013

Pope Francis will create his first cardinals during a consistory Feb. 22, the feast of the Chair of St. Peter.

Church must get ready for online parishes

November 11, 2013

The Internet will host the parish community of the future, according to Msgr. Paul Tighe, secretary of the Pontifical Council for Social Communications.

Vatican not bugged by possible phone monitoring

November 11, 2013

The Vatican has no evidence its calls were monitored by the U.S. National Security Agency and, even if they were, "we have no concerns about it," the Vatican spokesman said.

Pope drops in to celebrate Mass at John Paul's tomb

November 11, 2013

Surprising pilgrims at Blessed John Paul II's tomb, Pope Francis made an early morning visit to St. Peter's Basilica and celebrated Mass with the mostly Polish pilgrims.

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