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  • Elements of closed Boston churches find new life in Texas

    BRAINTREE -- Pews and stained-glass windows taken from now shuttered churches in the Archdiocese of Boston will be finding new life in a church in Texas. The St. Juan Diego Church in the Diocese of Brownsville, Texas, was still under construction when it celebrated its first Mass on Dec. 9. About 700 people attended the Mass, despite the church property containing no parking spaces, no bathrooms, and incomplete flooring and ceiling.

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  • Thomas More College launches Center for the Restoration of Christian Culture

    MERRIMACK, N.H. -- Thomas More College of Liberal Arts announced Dec. 5 the inauguration of a new initiative: the Center for the Restoration of Christian Culture. Designed to preserve and enrich Christian culture and the teachings of the Church in New England, the center will promote active involvement of Christians in civic life, educate young people in the liberal arts, and protect and encourage a healthy family life.

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  • From Cardinal Seán's blog

    Last Friday (12/1), I celebrated the funeral Mass of long-time Cathedral parishioner Mary McHale. Mary was 87 years old and was baptized at the cathedral. For a time her family lived in Canada, but she returned to the cathedral and became very active in the Legion of Mary.

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  • Chaplain says 40 years with bowl-bound Badgers 'a wonderful experience'

    MADISON, Wis. (CNS) -- When the Wisconsin Badgers' football team travels to the Orange Bowl to play Miami Dec. 30, the players will take a 12-1 record with them -- one of the best in team history. Accompanying them will be Msgr. Michael Burke -- better known as "Father Mike" to the coaches and players. He has been the team's chaplain for 40 years.

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  • Lebanon's religious oppose Trump's Jerusalem move; Jordanians march

    BEIRUT (CNS) -- Lebanon's Christian and Muslim leaders denounced the "unjust" decision of U.S. President Donald Trump to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital and demanded that it be reversed. In a Dec. 14 statement at the end of an interreligious summit, the leaders said "that, in addition to violating the laws and international charters," the decision ignores the fact that Jerusalem is a city holy to Christians, Muslims and Jews.

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  • Bishops condemn selling of Nigerians into slavery in Libya

    LAGOS, Nigeria (CNS) -- A trio of Nigerian bishops condemned the enslavement of Nigerians who traveled to Libya for work, calling the practice a horrific abuse of human dignity. Bishop Joseph Bagobiri of Kafanchan, retired Archbishop Alaba Job of Ibadan and retired Bishop Julius Adelakun of Oyo called on the Nigerian government to act on behalf of Nigerian nationals in Libya and elsewhere who have been victimized by modern-day slave traders.

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  • Delicate art of diplomacy needed to build peaceful future, pope says

    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Diplomats share a responsibility to educate future generations about the importance of dialogue and reconciliation in maintaining peace, Pope Francis said. In a speech Dec. 14 to seven new diplomats accredited to the Vatican, the pope said young people today need to learn "the delicate art of diplomacy and the arduous craft of nation-building."

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  • Creche crush: D.C. couple has collection of 500 Nativity scenes

    WASHINGTON (CNS) -- For Roger and Marguerite Sullivan of Washington, Christmas really is the most wonderful time of the year. Thanks to their travels throughout the world over the past 40 years -- he for the World Bank, she for the State Department -- the Catholic couple has collected at least 500 Nativity scenes.

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  • Sunday has lost its sense as day of rest, renewal in Christ, pope says

    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Just like a plant needs sun and nourishment to survive, every Christian needs the light of Sunday and the sustenance of the Eucharist to truly live, Pope Francis said. "How can we carry out the Gospel without drawing the energy needed to do it, one Sunday after another, from the limitless source of the Eucharist," he said Dec. 13 during his weekly general audience.

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  • Italian mosaic artist's dream realized with completion of Trinity Dome

    WASHINGTON (CNS) -- Giovanni Travisanutto's mosaic career began when he was an 11-year-old boy standing on a step stool to reach the workbench at the mosaic school in Spilimbergo, Italy. It ended with him once again reaching new heights as he stood atop scaffolding 150 feet up, installing the mosaic section that would complete both his career and the original plans for the Trinity Dome in the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception.

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  • Writer's work touches on ongoing search for personal moral standards

    TORONTO (CNS) -- Catholic writer Philip Caputo shot to literary prominence in 1977 with release of his Vietnam war memoir, "A Rumor of War." The no-holds-barred soldier's account of the horror, brutality, demoralization and pointlessness of combat in an ideologically murky war was one of the first notes of doubt and dissent about America's foreign policy objectives in that turbulent time.

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  • Surprise! Chicago suburb is home to a major Guadalupe shrine

    Chicago, Ill., Dec 12, 2017 CNA/EWTN News.- Marian devotion is intense among the hundreds of thousands of people who visit the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe each year on her feast day. Not just her shrine in Mexico City. The Virgin of Guadalupe has a major place of honor in Des Plaines, Ill., a Chicago suburb.

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  • Soros money means legal trouble for Amnesty's Ireland abortion campaign

    Dublin, Ireland, Dec 11, 2017 CNA/EWTN News.- Amnesty International is in no position to oppose an Irish law against foreign political funding now that it is under scrutiny for taking money from U.S. financier George Soros’ Open Society Foundations to target the country’s abortion restrictions, Irish pro-life advocates have said.

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  • Study: Number of Americans who view Christmas as religious keeps eroding

    WASHINGTON (CNS) -- The percentage of Americans who see Christmas as a religious holiday continues to slide across nearly all demographic lines. In a telephone survey of 1,503 U.S. adults conducted Nov. 28-Dec. 4 for the Pew Research Center, 55 percent said they mark Christmas as a religious holiday. The figure in 2013, when Pew last asked this question, was 59 percent.

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  • Contact sports: Vatican official connects the church and athletes

    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- After more than four years in office, Pope Francis probably has one of the world's largest collections of authentic soccer-team shirts. He receives them and other sports paraphernalia during meetings with pro athletes where he encourages them to be models of virtue for their younger fans.

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  • Hispanic Catholics want to help each other encounter Christ every day

    OMAHA, Neb. (CNS) -- Sometimes it's hard to feel welcome, especially when moving to a new community -- or in the case of many Hispanics, a new Catholic community. Language barriers, fears of being discovered in the country without legal permission and other concerns can keep families and individuals from getting involved in a parish or continuing to practice their faith.

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  • Prepare way for the Lord with prayer, acts of charity, pope says

    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Advent is a time to make a renewed commitment to prayer and to caring for others, Pope Francis said. "It is a time to recognize the holes to be filled in our lives, to smooth the roughness of pride and make space for Jesus who is coming," the pope said Dec. 10, the second Sunday of Advent.

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  • Why 'Silence Breakers' are key in any abuse crisis

    Denver, Colo., Dec 10, 2017 CNA/EWTN News.- This week, TIME Magazine announced a group of women and men as their collective Person of the Year. What do these people have in common? They are what TIME called “The Silence Breakers” - people who have blown the whistle on sexual assault and abuse within the workplace, largely in the industries of film, politics, and media.

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  • Vatican nativity scene, Christmas tree unveiled

    Vatican City, Dec 8, 2017 CNA/EWTN News.- 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.

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  • God does not lead us into temptation, Satan does, pope says

    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- The Italian and English translations of the "Our Father" can give believers the wrong impression that God can and does lead people into temptation, Pope Francis said. The Italian bishops' television channel, TV2000, has been broadcasting a series of conversations between the pope and a Catholic prison chaplain looking at the Lord's Prayer line by line.

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