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Concern mounts in India over persecution of religious minorities

Dec 19, 2014 - 04:08 am .- The rise in attacks by Hindu radicals against members of minority religions in India, primarily Christians and Muslims, is drawing concern across the country, with many calling for more concrete government action.

Police and Knights of Columbus join forces to fight the cold

Dec 19, 2014 - 02:16 am .- The Knights of Columbus is joining forces with the New Haven Police Department in the Coats for Kids initiative to make winter a little warmer for children and families in need this year.

Vatican communications committee advances path of reforms

Dec 19, 2014 - 12:03 am .- The Vatican's committee on communications has finished its third round of visits to Vatican media branches, and will likely discuss the outcomes of the visits in their next meeting, due to take place in January.

Kentucky priest returns to ministry after unsubstantiated abuse claim

Dec 18, 2014 - 07:09 pm .- Father Ronald Domhoff, a priest of the Archdiocese of Louisville, has returned to ministry after being cleared of sexual abuse allegations.

A 'bullying' move? UK midwife abortion ruling sparks outcry

Dec 18, 2014 - 05:14 pm .- The U.K. Supreme Court has ruled that midwives in charge of delivery wards are not exempt from assisting in the procurement of abortions – prompting warnings that the decision will have significant consequences for medical personnel opposed to the procedure.

Cuba, US: how the Holy See was behind the scene for 50 years

Dec 18, 2014 - 05:02 pm .- The announcement that the US and Cuba will enjoy warmer relations follows more than 50 years of Vatican diplomacy, which was ramped up by St. John Paul II during his 1984 visit to nearby Puerto Rico.

Israeli dig peers into King David's time

Dec 18, 2014 - 04:14 pm .- New archaeological evidence about Israel and Judah at the time of King David and King Solomon undermines some skeptics who claim that biblical accounts are wrong to say the time period was advanced enough to have an organized state.

Gratitude and caution over new Cuba policy

Dec 18, 2014 - 02:29 pm .- Catholic bishops in the U.S. and Cuba rejoiced at the historic announcement of a new relationship between the countries, while some U.S. leaders warned the policy shift could have negative consequences.

In Central African Republic, Catholics reach out to Muslim ex-rebels

Dec 18, 2014 - 04:01 am .- The Catholic Church in the Central African Republic continues to work for peace and reconciliation within the country, with its leading bishop visiting and reaching out to displaced Muslims.

With winter knocking for displaced Iraqis, supplies fall short of needs

Dec 18, 2014 - 02:39 am .- As millions of displaced Iraqis are caught in the dead of winter, the international community has a long way to go to cover their basic needs, according to a panel testimony before Congress last week.

William May, the prof who renounced his dissent from Humanae Vitae

Dec 18, 2014 - 12:04 am .- William E. May, a professor who retracted his one-time dissent from Humanae vitae and became an influential pro-life teacher and defender of Catholic moral ethics, died on Saturday.

Sing Sing inmates participate in gift exchange with Pope Francis

Dec 17, 2014 - 10:07 pm .- Inside the chapel of Our Lady of Hope at Sing Sing Prison, inmates sitting in the penitentiary’s chapel pews were stunned by what they had received from Pope Francis.

New app takes Pope Francis' Philippines visit mobile

Dec 17, 2014 - 03:56 pm .- The new official app for the Pope’s January visit to the Philippines will help people follow the Pope’s activities and find the latest news, while letting them offer their prayers on a special prayer wall.

Pope Francis strengthens commission for the protection of minors

Dec 17, 2014 - 02:04 pm .- 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.

School massacre incites horror in Pakistani community

Dec 17, 2014 - 12:56 pm .- 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.”

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

Dec 17, 2014 - 10:26 am .- 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

Dec 17, 2014 - 09:45 am .- 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.

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

Dec 17, 2014 - 06:02 am .- 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.

Pope: Mary and Joseph exemplify mission, vocation of family life

Dec 17, 2014 - 05:06 am .- 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.

Debt, illness, discrimination – Syrian refugees struggle in Lebanon

Dec 17, 2014 - 02:09 am .- 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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December 19, 2014

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First Reading:: Judg 13: 2-7, 24-25A
Gospel:: Lk 1: 5-25

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Mt 21:23-27

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