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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Some see crunch time, others negotiation time, for immigration woes

    WASHINGTON (CNS) -- Supporters of youth who came to the U.S. without documents as children descended on Washington in early December, risking arrest and seeking attention from lawmakers during what they believe is the last window of opportunity this year to pass legislation to help the youth stay in the country.

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  • Our Lady of Guadalupe is a feast for Byzantine Catholics, too

    CHICAGO (CNS) -- Renowned for its reverence for ancient tradition, the Byzantine Catholic Church is rather unhurried to add new feasts to its liturgical calendar. However, in the past 20 years, the Byzantine-Ruthenian Catholic Church in the United States has added at least four new feast days, namely for three 20th-century martyred bishops -- Blesseds Paul Gojdich, July 17, Basil Hopko, July 23, and Theodore Romzha, Oct. 31 -- and one feast dedicated to the mother of God, Our Lady of Guadalupe, Dec. 12.

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  • Franciscans involved in making of 'The Sultan and the Saint' documentary

    WASHINGTON (CNS) -- A moment in time that has been captured in art has now been captured on film. The encounter in 1219 between St. Francis of Assisi and Malek al-Kamil, the sultan of Egypt, during yet another flashpoint in the long history of the Crusades -- the subject of one famous fresco in Assisi, Italy -- has been made into a documentary. "The Sultan and the Saint" will get its nationwide premiere Dec. 26 on PBS (check local listings for dates and times).

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  • Speakers: U.S. needs to spread religious liberty, conscience protection

    WASHINGTON (CNS) -- Religious liberty and protection of conscience are as worthwhile as exports as they are as American values, two members of Congress reminded a Washington conference Dec. 5. U.S. Sen. James Lankford, R-Oklahoma, and U.S. Rep. Carolyn Maloney, D-New York, both spoke openly of their own Christian beliefs while addressing the third Archon International Conference on Religious Freedom, sponsored by the Orthodox Order of St. Andrew, Archons of the Ecumenical Patriarchate.

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  • Archbishop to UN: Christians are critical to Iraq's future

    New York City, N.Y., Dec 4, 2017 CNA/EWTN News.- A UN panel met last week to discuss the aftermath of the Islamic State’s occupation in Iraq’s Nineveh Plain, saying that the region’s future depends upon the preservation of the practices of pluralism and diversity.

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  • Go to Mass on Sunday and on Christmas, bishops say

    Denver, Colo., Dec 1, 2017 CNA/EWTN News.- In a newsletter issued earlier this year, the U.S. Catholic bishops addressed questions regarding whether Sunday and Holy Day Mass obligations can be fulfilled with a “two-for-one” Mass attendance at Christmas this year.

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  • Catholic liturgies avoid Christmas decorations, carols in Advent

    WASHINGTON (CNS) -- During the weeks before Christmas, Catholic churches stand out for what they are missing. Unlike stores, malls, public buildings and homes that start gearing up for Christmas at least by Thanksgiving, churches appear almost stark save for Advent wreaths and maybe some greenery or white lights.

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  • Panel OKs bill allowing houses of worship to receive federal disaster aid

    WASHINGTON (CNS) -- Legal language allowing houses of worship to receive federal disaster assistance was advanced out of a House of Representatives committee and was in line for a final vote. The language was folded into the Disaster Recovery Reform Act, which was approved by the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Nov. 30.

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  • Tests offer new information on date of site believed to be tomb of Christ

    WASHINGTON (CNS) -- Scientists who helped restore a shrine above the site believed to be the place where Christ was buried say testing of samples has dated the tomb to at least the fourth century. The new information published recently by National Geographic is consistent with historical accounts that say Constantine, the first Roman emperor to stop persecuting Christians and who became one, began protecting the tomb around the year 326.

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  • SNAP apologizes to St. Louis Archdiocese, priests over false abuse claims

    ST. LOUIS (CNS) -- The Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests issued an apology to the Archdiocese of St. Louis and two of its priests, Father Joseph Jiang and the late Msgr. Joseph D. Pins. The Nov. 27 apology was issued as part of a settlement with SNAP in a defamation lawsuit filed by Father Jiang in 2015, according to the archdiocese.

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  • Miami archbishop: Fixing immigration system doesn't mean demonization

    WASHINGTON (CNS) -- Miami Archbishop Thomas G. Wenski said laws need to be changed to fix the country's broken immigration system, but in the process, immigrants should not be demonized. "Fixing illegal immigration does not require the demonization of the so-called 'illegals,'" said Archbishop Wenski, addressing an audience at a Nov. 28 event in Miami sponsored by the Immigration Partnership and Coalition Fund.

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  • What are banned from DC buses? Catholic Christmas ads.

    Washington D.C., Nov 28, 2017 CNA/EWTN News.- Christmas-themed ads about the “perfect gift” of the Advent season have been wrongly barred from District of Columbia buses, the Archdiocese of Washington has said in a lawsuit challenging a policy of the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority against religious ads.

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  • Why character counts in the voting booth

    Denver, Colo., Nov 21, 2017 CNA.- Sexual misconduct allegations against Republican candidate Roy Moore have brought Alabama’s special election to fill a U.S. Senate seat into the national spotlight.

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  • Archaeologist finds his human side at the tomb of Christ

    WASHINGTON (CNS) -- Fred Hiebert's identity is firmly grounded in academia and in his professional work as a scientist. Over the years, he has studied and taught about ancient trade routes, such as the Silk Road, from China to Europe, and led underwater archaeology projects beneath the Black Sea.

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  • Mexican, American bishops offer moral guidelines for NAFTA talks

    WASHINGTON (CNS) -- Mexican and American bishops called on negotiators working to overhaul a 23-year-old trade agreement to ensure that any changes keep the needs of poor people foremost. Any new planks in the North American Free Trade Agreement must be evaluated "in terms of the effects on people and the environment in the affected countries," said a statement from the leaders of committees focused on justice and peace within both bishops' conferences.

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  • Faithful from near and far gather to celebrate Fr. Solanus, friend and healer

    Detroit, Mich., Nov 19, 2017 CNA/EWTN News.- Usually, when Detroit’s Ford Field is filled with people, it’s because football fans are watching the Lions play another NFL team. But on Saturday, Nov. 18, despite the chill and the rain, more than 60,000 people from around the country filled the domed stadium for another reason - to celebrate the beatification of their friend Father Solanus Casey, who is now just one step away from canonization as a saint in the Catholic Church.

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  • Notre Dame allows third-party coverage of contraceptives in health plans

    NOTRE DAME, Ind. (CNS) -- Questions and confusion continue to swirl around the University of Notre Dame's decision to allow the third-party administrators of its health plans to go on providing morally objectionable services to university employees, even though Notre Dame no longer is required by the government to do so.

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  • Venerable Solanus Casey: the priest who answered the doorbell.

    Vatican City, Nov 17, 2017 CNA/EWTN News.- Venerable Solanus Casey, a Capuchin priest from Wisconsin, was humble before all else, said the postulator of his cause for sainthood. The life of Venerable Solanus Casey is the story of his “humility, his simplicity, as well as his acceptance of whatever life gave him,” Franciscan-Capuchin Fr. Carlo Calloni told CNA Nov. 15.

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  • Who was Albino Luciani, the 'smiling Pope'?

    Vatican City, Nov 17, 2017 CNA/EWTN News.- Last week Albino Luciani, better known by his papal name, John Paul I, took the next step on the path to sainthood. Yet apart from the fame garnered by various theories that sprouted due to the enigmatic nature of his death, for many little is known of his saintly life and brief pontificate.

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  • Making a holiday holy

    Michael celebrated his first Thanksgiving as a married man at the home of his wife Maria's parents. Gathered for the huge midday meal were her parents and Maria's siblings with their spouses. All the traditional foods were served and the conversation was good.

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  • Imitate the first Thanksgiving with local fare

    If we take the lead from the first Thanksgiving, our holiday tables should feature the food and people close to us. Pilgrims came to the New World knowing little about how to fend for themselves in the new land. They fled England as religious separatists and traveled across waters for new prosperity. But half the Mayflower's hundred or so passengers died during their first New England winter, a particularly harsh one.

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  • The Psalms as models for gratitude

    A wise person once observed that "gratitude is the aristocrat of attitudes." Gratitude not only shows consideration for the one who gave a gift or did a favor -- it also promotes mental health if we cultivate the habit of gratefulness for things great and small.

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