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Vatican, Pope played key role in US-Cuba prisoner release

The Vatican played a critical role behind a prisoner exchange and a groundbreaking new policy between U.S. and Cuba announced on Wednesday, senior administration officials said.

Tea and cake for Pope Francis as he celebrates 78th birthday

Shouts of “Tanti auguri” – or, “Happy Birthday!” – filled St. Peter's Square Wednesday morning as Pope Francis circled around throngs of pilgrims on his popemobile during the weekly general audience.

Christ offers healing and peace, Sydney archbishop says after siege

In the aftermath of a hostage situation at an Australian café, Sydney’s Archbishop Anthony Fisher, O.P., stressed that the love of Jesus Christ, Prince of Peace, can overcome fear and darkness.

Final report: Vatican thanks women religious, stresses focus on Christ

The Vatican has published the results of its apostolic visitation examining the quality of religious communities across the U.S. in a report described as realistic yet encouraging.

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An Advent gift: God's mercy in the confessional, cardinal says

As Christmas approaches, priests and penitents should remind themselves of the “miracle” of confession and how we should approach the sacrament with “full freedom,” a Vatican cardinal says.
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Pope: Mary and Joseph exemplify mission, vocation of family life

Pope Francis spoke today about Jesus’ choice to be born into a family, saying that it shows the importance of the vocation, which Mary and Joseph epitomized through their everyday holiness.
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Debt, illness, discrimination – Syrian refugees struggle in Lebanon

After losing their homes and their livelihoods, Syrian refugees in Lebanon are now finding their plight worsened by the financial costs, medical stresses, and prejudices that can accompany living in a foreign land.
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An early Christmas present: Pope Francis to meet man serving life sentence

As inmates are moved by a letter Pope Francis has sent to the prison of a small town in central Italy, the news broke that a man serving a life sentence will be among those at an audience with Pope Francis Dec. 20.
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O Holy Night! Most Americans believe in Christmas story

Christmas carols echo reality for most Americans, who believe in the historical accuracy of several Gospel descriptions of the birth of Jesus Christ.
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Let’s be real, Wishbone taught me everything I know about Our Lady of Guadalupe.

I, like many others of my generation, grew up on PBS. We didn’t have cable, but I loved shows like ZOOM and Arthur and Reading Rainbow so I didn’t much care. The first time I ever heard the full story of Our Lady of Guadalupe was actually on PBS’ Wishbone, a show about a dog [...]
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Pope Francis strengthens commission for the protection of minors

Pope Francis appointed eight new members of the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors on Wednesday, completing the ranks of the commission with a balanced geographical representation in doing so.
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School massacre incites horror in Pakistani community

An Australian priest who spent more than 30 years in Pakistan has only one word for the impact of a Pakistani Taliban attack on a military school that left 141 victims, most of whom were children: “horror.”
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Happy Birthday and Thank You, Pope Francis!

by Tina McCormick

Happy Birthday, Pope Francis! You are a true gift to this world and to our Church. It is through your insistence on love that you have redirected our faith to its original essence. Certainly, we...
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The Pope Is Coming

by Melissa Fordyce

When I was a little girl, the Pope used to call my house.The phone would ring. I would answer, “Hello, Squarcia residence.”  A man with a jubilant tone would reply, “May I please speak to...
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Pope Francis and the Two Sons

by Scott Dunn

It did not take long after Pope Francis first emerged on the balcony at St. Peter’s last spring for uneasiness to emerge for many who were accustomed to only being unnerved by developments in...
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Renaissance and Baroque Christmas Music

by Sr. Joan L. Roccasalvo, C.S.J.

Every year, Händel’s Messiah seems to claim the center stage of Christmas performances. Yet, there are other classic works no less sparkling that repay listening during this season.  Timelessly...
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December 17, 2014

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First Reading:: Gen 49: 2, 8-10
Gospel:: Mt 1: 1-17

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