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West Bank town takes pride in links to St. Nicholas, celebrates Dec. 19

BEIT JALLA, West Bank (CNS) — Bethlehem might have the Church of the Nativity, but residents of this largely Christian town adjacent to Bethlehem say they have St. Nicholas. “People believe he is the protector of the city,” said Father Faysal Hijazen, parish priest of the Church of the Annunciation. “In all of the Christian […]

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Baghdad Priest: ‘Christianity Could Be at an End Here’

(CNSNews.com) – The Rev. Andrew White, vicar of St. George’s Anglican Church in Baghdad, said Tuesday that he believes Christianity may be at an end in Iraq. “The future’s very bleak,” Father White said in an interview with CNSNews.com. “For the first time, I’ve had to consider the very real fact that Christianity could be […]

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Vatican theologians approve Fulton Sheen miracle

Catholic News Service: The possible miracle needed for the beatification of Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen took another step toward papal recognition on June 17 when a panel of theologians met at the Vatican, the Archbishop Fulton Sheen Foundation has announced. As a normal part of the sainthood process, the theologians met to consider whether or not […]

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Beauty and beer: Monks’ outreach is part of new evangelization

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Even before retired Pope Benedict XVI set up a pontifical council for new evangelization and convoked a world Synod of Bishops on the theme, a new group of Benedictine monks was using Latin and liturgy to reach out to those whose faith was weak or nonexistent. Now they’ve added beer to […]

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Argentine Cardinal Bergoglio elected Pope Francis I

By Francis X. Rocca Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Argentine Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, 76 was elected the 266th pope and took the name Francis. The election March 13 came on the first full day of the conclave on the conclave’s fifth ballot. It was a surprisingly quick conclusion to a conclave that […]

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A Benedictine priest reflects on changes in the Liturgy

By Francis X. Rocca Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Half a century after the start of the Second Vatican Council, the reform of the liturgy initiated there has not lost its power to stoke controversy. On June 13, after years of on-again-off-again talks with the traditionalist Society of St. Pius X, which effectively […]

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Secular society needs Catholicism, pope tells US bishops

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — In five speeches over a period of six months, Pope Benedict XVI warned visiting U.S. bishops of the threats that an increasingly secularized society poses to the Catholic Church in America, especially in the areas of religious liberty, sexual morality and the definition of marriage. Yet the pope did not advise […]

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Secularism in America: Growing American movement raises concerns

WASHINGTON (CNS) — Arianne Gasser of Canton, Ohio, is proud to call herself a graduate student at a prestigious Catholic university, and she also is proud to call herself an atheist. The pride she has in her atheist status is part of what inspired her to travel from the Philadelphia area, where she is enrolled […]

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Advice to homilists: Please get to the point in six or eight minutes

NEW ORLEANS (CNS) — For eight days at Loyola University New Orleans, three priests and five deacons absorbed the cool mathematics and internal symmetry of good preaching. Just as Moses descended from Mount Sinai with Ten Commandments chiseled on two stone tablets, the rules laid out by Father Roy Shelly and Deborah Wilhelm of the […]

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How the sun and moon guided prayer times and liturgy

By Carol Glatz Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Hidden among the paving stones of St. Peter’s Square there is a simple clock and calendar. All you need is a sunny day. The 83-foot stone obelisk in the middle of the square acts as a sundial that can accurately indicate midday and the two […]

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