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  • God's power is revealed in love, pope says at Mass in Athens

    ATHENS, Greece (CNS) -- God the Almighty almost always chooses the least mighty people and the most desolate places to reveal the power of his love, Pope Francis said. Celebrating Mass Dec. 5 in Athens' Megaron concert hall, the pope touched on a theme he had explored in depth with Catholic leaders the day before: the blessing and spiritual advantage of being a small community without power and without pretenses.

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  • Pope asks pardon for sins that drove Catholic, Orthodox apart

    ATHENS, Greece (CNS) -- Like St. John Paul II before him, Pope Francis apologized to members of the Orthodox Church of Greece for the ways Catholics over the centuries had offended them, and he told Catholic leaders that they must embrace their minority status with humility.

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  • God dreams of a world where all are welcomed as family, pope says

    NICOSIA, Cyprus (CNS) -- Pope Francis told migrants that, like them, God dreams of a world where everyone recognizes each other as brothers and sisters. God "asks us not to be content with a divided world, divided Christian communities, but to journey through history drawn by his own dream: the dream of a humanity freed of walls of division, freed of hostility, where there are no longer strangers, but only fellow citizens," he told migrants during an emotional ecumenical prayer service Dec. 3 in the Church of the Holy Cross in Nicosia.

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  • United in faith, Cypriot Christians have mission to console, pope says

    NICOSIA, Cyprus (CNS) -- The hope, consolation and unity all Christians and all residents of Cyprus yearn for will be realized only with patience, commitment and collaboration, Pope Francis said. Meeting Dec. 3 with Archbishop Chrysostomos II, head of the Orthodox Church of Cyprus, the pope heard a long litany of the offenses and atrocities Orthodox and other Christians of northern Cyprus have suffered at the hands of Turkish Cypriots and the Turkey military since the island nation was divided in 1974.

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  • Mass marks beginning of synodal process in archdiocese

    BOSTON -- As the global Church began its new liturgical year, a Mass celebrating the initiation of the "synodal way" took place at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross on Nov. 27, marking the official opening of the synodal year on the diocesan level.

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  • Cardinal, metropolitan express desire for unity on feast of St. Andrew

    BOSTON -- Cardinal Seán P. O'Malley's long tradition of visiting Boston's Greek Orthodox Metropolis for their patronal feast day took on an even greater significance this year, as the cardinal was invited to attend the feast day liturgy at the Greek Orthodox of the Annunciation and address the assembled clergy of the Metropolis of Boston.

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  • Parishes urged to be on the lookout for email scams

    BRAINTREE -- Last June, many people on the contact list of St. Stephen Parish in Framingham received emails claiming to come from the parish, asking the recipient to purchase a Google Play gift card as a present for someone and promising to pay them back.

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  • From Cardinal Seán's blog

    Thursday evening, I took part in a Zoom panel discussion on the life of Msgr. Lorenzo Albacete and presenting a new book of his works called "The Relevance of the Stars." This is a posthumous work edited by Lisa Lickona and Gregory Wolfe.

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  • Clergy comfort students, community after tragic high school shooting

    LAKE ORION, Mich. (CNS) -- Many were not Catholic, but they arrived at St. Joseph Catholic Church the night of Nov. 30 nonetheless -- first a trickle, then a steady stream. Soon, a sea of varsity jackets and sweatshirts emblazoned with Oxford High School's mascot, the Wildcats, overwhelmed the vestibule of the Lake Orion church.

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  • God can act in unexpected ways, calling for brave acceptance, pope says

    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- St. Joseph teaches people to learn to take life as it comes and to accept what God has in mind, Pope Francis said. Speaking about how Joseph reacted to Mary being pregnant while they were still engaged, the pope explained why St. Joseph "gives us an important lesson: He chooses Mary with 'his eyes open,'" and "with all the risks" that came with it.

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  • For Waukesha Catholic community, parade tragedy's devastation 'runs deep'

    WAUKESHA, Wis. (CNS) -- It began as an evening of "comfort and joy" -- that was the theme for the 58th annual Waukesha Christmas Parade. But the evening of Nov. 21, ended in horror just under an hour after the parade began, when a man driving an SUV burst through barricades along the parade route and barreled down Waukesha's Main Street, striking marchers and attendees who included representatives of the Catholic Community of Waukesha.

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  • All eyes are on Supreme Court for its biggest abortion case in decades

    WASHINGTON (CNS) -- When the Supreme Court hears oral arguments Dec. 1 for the biggest abortion case in decades, all eyes -- and ears -- will be on the court. Diocesan websites across the country have posted links to the arguments as well as churches where prayers will be taking place at this time. Several dioceses also encouraged Catholics to take part in an online national prayer event in mid-November to pray for the outcome of this decision.

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  • Catholic, Orthodox must make their communion visible, pope says

    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Catholics and Orthodox Christians must increasingly work together where they can, Pope Francis told Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople. "The full unity for which we yearn is, of course, a gift from God, through the grace of the Holy Spirit. May our Lord help us to be ready to embrace this gift through prayer, interior conversion and openness to seeking and offering pardon," he said in the written message to the Orthodox patriarch."Beloved brother in Christ, along the path toward full communion between our churches, we are sustained by the intercession of the holy brothers Peter and Andrew, our patron saints," he wrote in the message released by the Vatican Nov. 30.

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