Archive of December 8, 2017

'Crown Jewel' of nation's basilica blessed in DC

Dec 8, 2017 - 05:01 pm .- With the blessing of its final mosaic, America’s Basilica – The National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C. – is finally complete after nearly a century of construction and adornment.

With prayer and aid, Catholics rally around California wildfire victims

Dec 8, 2017 - 04:45 pm .- The massive wildfires of California have drawn calls for prayer and assistance from the U.S. bishops, as Catholic Charities affiliates in the state work to aid victims.

The devastating but little-noticed DRC refugee crisis

Dec 8, 2017 - 03:49 pm .- Every day, thousands of people in the Democratic Republic of the Congo are forced to flee their homes.

DOJ investigates Planned Parenthood for fetal tissue sales

Dec 8, 2017 - 03:43 pm .- The U.S. Department of Justice has launched a formal investigation of Planned Parenthood, the nation’s largest provider of abortions, for their role in the alleged sale of baby body parts.

In US, abortion rates reach new low

Dec 8, 2017 - 02:00 pm .- A report from the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) found that abortion rates in the country are at a historic low since the nationwide legalization of abortion in 1973.

Pope Francis says Our Father is poorly translated

Dec 8, 2017 - 10:40 am .- In a video series for Italian television network TV2000, Pope Francis said that “lead us not into temptation” is a poorly translated line of the Our Father.

Vatican nativity scene, Christmas tree unveiled

Dec 8, 2017 - 08:55 am .- In an inauguration ceremony Thursday, the Vatican officially unveiled this year’s nativity scene in St. Peter’s Square, also lighting the 69-foot Christmas tree for the first time this year.

Beauty advice from Pope Francis: Be virtuous like Mary

Dec 8, 2017 - 04:37 am .- On Friday’s Feast of the Immaculate Conception, Pope Francis offered his own ‘beauty secret’ – with Mary as model – saying beauty does not come from age or appearance, but from living a virtuous life rooted in scripture.

Nearly 80 prisoners baptized in Argentina

Dec 8, 2017 - 12:26 am .- Seventy-eight prisoners were baptized, confirmed, and received their First Holy Communion in an Argentine prison Dec. 1.