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Clothing drive half a world away helps babies in Christ’s hometown

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By Rhina Guidos

WASHINGTON (CNS) -- The ask for baby items heading to the Holy Land couldn't be more appropriate: "swaddling clothes needed."

The Gospel of Luke mentions, after all, that Mary wrapped the baby Jesus in "swaddling clothes and laid him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn."

But the "swaddling clothes" of modern times come in the form of onesies, the one-piece clothing item for babies, and it's the [...]

2019-12-13T16:28:00+00:00December 13th, 2019|Catholic News|

People’s hearts yearn for God, not possessions, status, pope says

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By Carol Glatz

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- The Christmas season is a time to reflect on what life is all about, Pope Francis told an international group of performers.

"The time before Christmas calls us to ask ourselves, 'What is it that I am waiting for in my life? What is the great desire of my heart?' You too, with your songs, help awaken or reawaken this healthy human 'yearning' in the hearts of many people," [...]

2019-12-13T09:40:00+00:00December 13th, 2019|Catholic News|

Vatican releases pope’s Christmas season schedule


VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Pope Francis' 2019-20 Christmas season celebrations will include the usual liturgies and traditions.

Releasing the pope's schedule Dec. 12, the Vatican said he would:

-- Celebrate Christmas Mass in St. Peter's Basilica at 9:30 p.m. Dec. 24.

-- Address the crowds gathered in St. Peter's Square and give his blessing "urbi et orbi" (to the city and the world) at noon on Christmas Day.

-- Celebrate evening prayer Dec. 31 in St. Peter's Basilica at 5 p.m. and lead [...]

2019-12-13T09:15:00+00:00December 13th, 2019|Catholic News|

Mary is loving mother, humble disciple, pope says on Guadalupe feast

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By Carol Glatz

ROME (CNS) -- Celebrating the feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, Pope Francis said she reminds Catholics of her true essence as a woman, a mother and a "mestiza" or person of mixed race.

She revealed herself to St. Juan Diego as a "mestiza" to show "that she is everyone's mother," and she speaks to everyone as she spoke to this indigenous saint five centuries ago, with tenderness and motherly love, the pope [...]

2019-12-12T14:56:00+00:00December 12th, 2019|Catholic News|

Our Lady of Guadalupe is ‘mother of us all,’ says Los Angeles archbishop

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LOS ANGELES (CNS) -- Mary, the Mother of God is "the mother of all of us," Los Angeles Archbishop Jose H. Gomez said in his homily for midnight Mass celebrated at Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels for the Dec. 12 feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe.

"We can cry to her, we can share with her our joys and sorrows," he said. "We can trust in her protection! Who we [...]

2019-12-12T11:47:00+00:00December 12th, 2019|Catholic News|

World needs peacemakers, not empty words, pope says in message

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By Carol Glatz

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- The world does not need more empty words, it needs committed, active peacemakers who do not exclude or manipulate, but are open to respectful dialogue, Pope Francis said in his annual message for the World Day of Peace Jan. 1.

"In fact, we cannot truly achieve peace without a convinced dialogue between men and women who seek the truth beyond ideologies and differing opinions," the pope said in the [...]

2019-12-12T09:17:00+00:00December 12th, 2019|Catholic News|

Update: Germany tour led to making Holocaust research her life’s work

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By Mark Pattison

WASHINGTON (CNS) -- Suzanne Brown-Fleming was on a track to the kind of career she wanted.

After having been educated in Catholic schools in the Virginia suburbs of Washington for 12 years, she flourished further in her undergraduate and graduate studies in college, and was quite close to finishing her doctoral dissertation in modern German history.

Then she and a group of other doctoral students from the University of [...]

2019-12-11T12:02:00+00:00December 11th, 2019|Catholic News|

Martyrdom comes from following Christ without compromise, pope says

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By Carol Glatz

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- There always will be martyrs among Christians in the world, Pope Francis said.

Martyrdom "is the sign that we are on Jesus' path; it's a blessing from the Lord that within the people of God there is someone who gives this witness of martyrdom," he said Dec. 11 during his weekly general audience in the Vatican's Paul VI hall, which was decorated with a large Christmas tree and Nativity scene.

The [...]

2019-12-11T09:10:00+00:00December 11th, 2019|Catholic News|

Everyday Heroes: How former Eagles GM founded Ronald McDonald houses

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By Andrew Fowler

Jim Murray became the youngest general manager in NFL history without a family connection when he was hired at age 36 by the Philadelphia Eagles in 1974.

Five years before, Murray joined the Eagles' public relations staff at a time when the team had been struggling for 15 years and hadn't made the playoffs since 1960.

Under Murray's guidance, the Eagles clinched playoff berths in four consecutive seasons (1978-1981) and [...]

2019-12-10T12:18:00+00:00December 10th, 2019|Catholic News|

‘Ad limina’ visit takes on Marian flavor for Region VII bishops

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By Cindy Wooden

ROME (CNS) -- As the bishops of Wisconsin, Illinois and Indiana began celebrating an early morning Mass at the Basilica of St. Mary Major, the church was abuzz with activity and repeated banging on a bass drum.

In Rome for their visits "ad limina apostolorum" -- to the threshold of the apostles -- the bishops celebrated Mass Dec. 9 at the Basilica of St. Paul Outside the Walls and in a chapel of [...]

2019-12-10T09:13:00+00:00December 10th, 2019|Catholic News|