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Knights of Columbus donate $1.4 million for post-hurricane rebuilding

HOUSTON, Texas—As Texas and Florida continue to rebuild from a devastating hurricane season, the Knights of Columbus are offering $1.4 million to aid the reconstruction of badly damaged churches. “Getting parish facilities up and running again does not just meet a practical need,” said Knights CEO Carl Anderson. “The people in the affected areas see the […]


As pope turns 81, kids entertain with music and 13-foot pizza

VATICAN CITY—Celebrating his 81st birthday, Pope Francis blew out the candles on a 13-foot long pizza after being serenaded with song and dance by children and employees from a Vatican pediatric clinic. A group of children receiving assistance from the Vatican’s St. Martha Dispensary, a maternal and pediatric clinic, had given the pope a birthday […]


History and traditions of Gaudete Sunday

Today, Dec. 17, is Gaudete Sunday, when we shift our reflection from “the Lord is coming” to “the Lord is near.” Rejoice as you light the pink candle on your Advent wreath. You are more than half-way to Christmas! This third Sunday of Advent is called “Gaudete” Sunday based on the first word of the […]


Vatican Nativity scenes remind us of gifts Christ child brings

VATICAN CITY—The Nativity scene in St. Peter’s Square is not getting rave reviews: The backdrop does not look like a stable and the characters in need — hungry, naked, dead, imprisoned — don’t exactly evoke a silent night when all was cozy, calm and bright. Franciscan Father John Puodziunas said he didn’t like it at first. In […]


Celebrating St. Lucy, patroness of the blind and visually impaired

Most of what we know about St. Lucy is relegated to the realm of rumors and romantic legend. Much of her history has been lost over the years, so there are only a handful of things we know for certain about this saint. Her life What we do know is that she was a holy […]


Pope: Guadalupe feast shows Mary’s closeness to those on margins

VATICAN CITY—The appearance of Our Lady of Guadalupe, which mirrored that of the indigenous people of the time, is a sign of Mary’s closeness to those who are marginalized, Pope Francis said. Like St. Juan Diego, who felt of no importance at being chosen by Mary because of his indigenous heritage, marginalized people in today’s […]


A Christmas clothing drive in Washington helps babies in Bethlehem

WASHINGTON—December, when all eyes are on the baby Jesus, the Holy Land Family Hospital of Bethlehem wants others to think about modern-day babies in the city in the West Bank where the Gospel says Christ was born. That’s where many babies are born to struggling families, increasingly in a tense environment similar to the one […]


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Prelates ask for prayers for fire-ravaged area, firefighters

LOS ANGELES—The Archdiocese of Los Angeles has started a fund for victims of the wildfires that have raced through the archdiocese and are threatening to spread to locations in the nearby Orange and San Diego dioceses. “Friends, as the wildfires continue, the needs of our neighbors continue to increase,” said Archbishop Jose H. Gomez of […]


Bishop lays out detailed policies for ‘morally acceptable’ tax reform

WASHINGTON–In a new letter to members of Congress, Bishop Frank J. Dewane of Venice, Florida, outlined a sweeping package of changes in pending tax reform legislation to ensure the final bill is “morally acceptable.” Bishop Dewane, chairman of the U.S. bishops’ Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development, also addressed positive aspects of the Tax […]


Vatican renews call for peace, negotiated solution on Jerusalem

VATICAN CITY–Following days of violence and backlash after U.S. President Donald Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, the Vatican appealed for “wisdom and prudence” to prevail. The Holy See “reiterates its own conviction that only a negotiated solution between Israelis and Palestinians can bring a stable and lasting peace and guarantee […]


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