Archive of November 29, 2009

U.S. bishops launch Advent and Christmas website

Nov 29, 2009 - 08:55 pm .- The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) has created an Advent and Christmas website with suggestions for daily prayers, readings, reflection and action. A collection of Lessons and Carols is also provided for live listening or download.

'Reign Day' to commemorate feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Louisiana

Nov 29, 2009 - 06:19 pm .- Sacred Heart Apostolate, a global movement for renewing societies by centering families on the love of God incarnated in the Heart of Christ, will be hosting a family fun day and a concert for teens in Lafayette, Louisiana in honor of Our Lady of Guadalupe, patroness of the Americas. The event, which reaches out to Catholics of all ages, will benefit  the DesOrmeaux Foundation Maternity Home.

Teen makes training video for altar servers

Nov 29, 2009 - 02:17 pm .- Daniel Deane is a busy young man. As is the case with any 15-year-old, Deane works hard to balance school and extra curricular activities as well as his social and home life. But for the past year the Regis Jesuit High School sophomore in Denver has had something else that’s occupied a majority of his time: making a movie.

Pope says Christ is 'relevant' to all, addresses fight against AIDS in remarks at Angelus

Nov 29, 2009 - 11:31 am .- Pope Benedict XVI welcomed the beginning of a new liturgical year during his traditional addresses before and after the Angelus from the window of the Apostolic Palace on St. Peter's square today.  His words included a message concerning the relevance of Christ to all the world and prayers for the fight against AIDS.Before reciting the Angelus, the Pope spoke to the thousands of pilgrims gathered in the square of the how the liturgical year is seen from different perspectives and how Christ is relevant in all of them.

Vatican meets with Presidents of Argentina and Chile to commemorate 25 years of 'peace and friendship' treaty

Nov 29, 2009 - 11:30 am .- In an audience with the Presidents of Argentina and Chile yesterday, Pope Benedict XVI praised the work of the two countries in reaching  and upholding a lasting agreement through peaceful negotiation.  The Pontiff said that the Catholic Church, "following Christ who brought peace to the world, is fully dedicated to bringing about the aspirations of peace and harmony in all of humanity."

Pope on Advent: With Jesus, there is no life without meaning

Nov 29, 2009 - 11:26 am .- On Saturday night, Pope Benedict XVI officiated a celebration in St. Peter's Basilica of first vespers before the first Sunday of the Advent season.  His message in the homily was one of 'silence and hope' during the season of Advent.The Holy Father ushered the Church into the new liturgical year, telling those in attendance at yesterday evening's celebration of first vespers that "Advent invites us to pause in silence to understand a Presence."

Church to honor St. Andrew, apostle and martyr

Nov 29, 2009 - 05:01 am .- On Monday Nov. 30, Catholics worldwide will celebrate the feast day of St. Andrew, apostle and martyr.  A fisherman from Bethsaida and brother of Simon Peter, St. Andrew is said to have spread Christianity in Russia and Asia minor after Pentecost in the first century. He was crucified by the Romans in Greece on an X-shaped cross, which is now his distinctive symbol as well as the symbol of Scotland, of which he is the patron.

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