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The hidden message in ancient ‘O Antiphons’ of Advent

Dec 4, 2022

An emeritus Texas bishop is highlighting an Advent message hidden in the O Antiphons — prayers that are said in an ancient tradition leading up to Christmas.

Pope Francis spent time in silent prayer in front of a nativity scene handmade by artisan craftsmen in Guatemala on Dec. 3, 2022.

Pope Francis blesses nativity scene made by craftsmen in Guatemala

Dec 3, 2022

Pope Francis blessed a nativity scene on Saturday that was handmade by artisan craftsmen in Guatemala.

Pope Francis celebrates the International Day of Disabled Persons at the Vatican on Dec. 3, 2022.

Pope Francis: The Church has a duty to welcome people with disabilities

Dec 3, 2022

“There is no inclusion if it only remains a slogan, a formula to be used in politically correct speeches,” Pope Francis said.

A 17th-century Japanese depiction of St. Francis Xavier, from the Kobe City Museum collection.

The unlikely hero of India: St. Francis Xavier 

Dec 3, 2022

Today’s feast celebrates the life of St. Francis Xavier, the patron saint of missionaries and missions, who led an unlikely life of adventure and heroism.

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More clergy accused of child sexual abuse in California as important deadline nears

Dec 2, 2022

As California’s three-year window to file child sex abuse lawsuits past the statute of limitations nears its conclusion, 66 Catholic clergy and religious have been named in 116 lawsuits in Alameda County.

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Pope Francis’ watch auctioned off and proceeds set a world record

Dec 2, 2022

The LaViolette Scholarship Foundation auctioned off a Swatch Once Again watch Nov. 30 that Francis had worn for much of his pontificate.

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Vermont to allow religious schools to use state assistance after settling lawsuit

Dec 2, 2022

State and local government officials agreed that Vermont’s exclusion of religious private schools from the program is unconstitutional and unenforceable.

Lorie Smith, owner and founder of 303 Creative

Meet Lorie Smith, the Christian artist with a Supreme Court free speech case

Dec 2, 2022

The Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in her case — 303 Creative LLC v. Elenis — on Monday, Dec. 5.

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Process of beatification begins for Carmen Hernández, co-founder of Neocatechumenal Way

Dec 2, 2022

The beatification and canonization process for Carmen Hernández, co-founder of the Neocatechumenal Way, officially opens this Sunday.

Despite incessant attacks, Nigerian Catholics keep their faith

Dec 2, 2022

Attacks by groups of Islamist militia variously called “herdsmen,” “bandits,” or “unknown gunmen” increasingly victimize farming towns in Nigeria.

Iraqi government must support Christians, Chaldean Catholic patriarch says

Dec 2, 2022

Chaldean Catholic Patriarch Cardinal Louis Sako warned that if the government doesn’t change its policies it could spell the end of Christianity in Iraq.

Former Colombian guerrilla fighter sentenced in murder of Catholic archbishop

Dec 2, 2022

Archbishop Isaías Duarte Cancino was murdered on March 16, 2002, by two hitmen on a motorcycle who were paid by FARC’s Joint Central Command of the West.

German Synodal Way designed to create ‘pressure’ on the Church, founding president says

Dec 2, 2022

Thomas Sternberg, former president of the Central Committee of German Catholics, said the process wanted to achieve changes to Church teaching.

Pope Francis: The effects of the war in Ukraine are being felt all over the world

Dec 2, 2022

Pope Francis said Friday that the war between Russia and Ukraine is an example of the “globalization of problems” with the far-felt effects of the energy and food crises.

Ukrainian archbishop appeals for release of Catholic priests captured by Russian troops

Dec 2, 2022

Two Catholic priests captured by Russian troops are “being tortured without mercy,” the leader of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church said Thursday.

Cuban priest: Dignity comes from God, not the government

Dec 1, 2022

Father Alberto Reyes, a priest in Cuba, recently shared a reflection on Facebook about human dignity as experienced in his homeland.

Exorcist says porn addiction ‘an opening to the demonic,’ despite German priest’s controversial denials

Dec 1, 2022

Monsignor Stephen Rossetti, an exorcist for the Archdiocese of Washington, has been a licensed psychologist for 30 years.

Former parish employee identified as second victim of Louisiana double homicide

Dec 1, 2022

Ruth Prats, 73, worked for Father Otis Young when he was pastor of St. Peter Catholic Church in Covington, Louisiana.

Indiana AG files legal complaint against abortion doctor who performed a minor’s abortion

Dec 1, 2022

Indiana Attorney General Todd Rokita has asked the state’s medical licensing board to discipline the doctor who performed an abortion on a 10-year-old rape victim.

Arson at Colorado pregnancy center still unsolved; FBI offers major reward for leads

Dec 1, 2022

Longmont Police Chief Jeff Satur told a Wednesday press conference that investigators have few leads.