Dec 13, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Pope John Paul II spoke about the importance of Nativity scenes during the Angelus prayer yesterday, Gaudete Sunday, noting that they are “a sign of faith in God, Who in Bethlehem came 'to live in our midst'." "As Christmas approaches,” he said, “many places are setting up nativity scenes, such as here in St. Peter's Square.
Dec 13, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Some Hispanic members of “Amor de Dios” United Methodist Church in Chicago celebrated the traditional feast day of Our Lady of Guadalupe yesterday. They even prayed their first novena as a community to the Virgin this year. They processed a 2-foot-high statue around the neighborhood, singing, reciting the rosary and bringing it into parishioners’ homes for prayer.
Dec 13, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Several same-sex couples in Massachusetts have begun seeking divorces less than seven months after they were given the legal right to marry.
Dec 13, 2004 - 12:00 am .- On Thursday, December 16 at 11 a.m. in the Holy See Press Office, the Holy Father's Message for the World Day of Peace 2005 will be presented by Cardinal Renato Raffaele Martino, Bishop Giampaolo Crepaldi and Msgr. Frank J. Dewane, respectively president and undersecretary of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace.
Dec 13, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Turkish-speaking Christians now have access to a Bible for children printed in Turkish published by the international Catholic charity Aid to the Church in Need (ACN).
Dec 13, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Catholic Latinos across the United States celebrated the feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, the patroness of the Americas, with great fervor yesterday. The celebrations saw the Virgen Morena showered with red roses, serenaded with the traditional "Las Mañanitas" and honored by matachine dancers.
Dec 13, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The U.S. Army and its chaplains are hoping to recruit Catholic priests to serve in the Pacific theater, reported Stars and Stripes.
Dec 13, 2004 - 12:00 am .- A recent survey conducted by Catholic Charities USA has revealed that the greatest needs of the clients of local Catholic charities during this Christmas season are for financial assistance, food, and housing.