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Four Popes, The Synod, and the Future; Persevering Through Suffering This Advent and More! (162)

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What are the ‘O Antiphons’, Why Should I Care? – Father Roger J. Landry, The Integrated Catholic Life™

Persevering Through Suffering This Advent – Annie Deddens, Catholic Stand

Five Advent Virtues of St. Joseph – Father Ed Broom, The Catholic Gentleman

Advent Sermons of Saint Thomas Aquinas – Donald R. McClarey JD, The American Catholic

Advent IV: Love – David L. Alexander, Man With Black Hat

Why I Got Married in a Church – Lauren Meyers, Ignitum Today

The Evil Before Christmas: Franciscan Advent Reflection – Lindsay Stone

The Nature of Torture – Ryan Mayer, Epic Pew

Seven Steps...READ MORE

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Investing With Catholic Values? Knights of Columbus Group to Offer Guidance (406)

A new Knights subsidiary will provide investment guidance to Catholic institutions.

12/22/2014 Comment

NEW HAVEN, Conn. — The Knights of Columbus fraternal organization aims to extend its Catholic values and financial expertise into a new subsidiary that will provide investment guidance to Catholic institutions.

“The Catholic community has traditionally been served by investment managers with a broad, rather than Catholic, focus,” Supreme Knight Carl Anderson said Dec. 19. “We believe a Catholic firm committed to Catholic values can offer a more compelling solution for Catholic entities.”

The New Haven, Conn.-based organization has announced a new subsidiary named Knights of Columbus Asset Advisors, which is currently being registered as a financial advisor.

The subsidiary is intended to...READ MORE

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On Faith and Football: A Conversation With UNLV Coach Tony Sanchez (540)

The 40-year-old Sanchez was elevated to his new post after compiling an 85-5 record at one of the top-ranked high-school football programs in the country.

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courtesy of Clint Jenkins

Tony Sanchez was named last week as the new head football coach at the University of Nevada-Las Vegas

– courtesy of Clint Jenkins

LAS VEGAS — The Gaels of Bishop Thomas K. Gorman High School in Las Vegas boast the nation's top-ranked high-school football program, according to USA Today. The winner of six straight Nevada state championships, Bishop Gorman continued its historic streak with a 70-28 state championship game rout of Reno-based Reed High School on Dec. 6.

The architect for the school’s gridiron success, head coach Tony Sanchez, 40, was officially announced Dec. 18 as the new head coach at the University of Nevada-Las Vegas (UNLV), an NCAA Division I school just 11 miles down the road from Gorman.

One of two Catholic high schools in the entire state, Gorman has become a seedbed for future NCAA and likely...READ MORE

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Pope Francis’ Fatal 15 (2730)

In his annual pre-Christmas gathering with members of the Roman Curia, the Holy Father enumerated a series of ‘diseases’ that can damage the lives of Vatican personnel.

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Pope Francis delivers his annual address to Curial officials on Dec. 22.

– ctv.va

VATICAN CITY — In preparation for Christmas, Pope Francis has sought to help members of the Roman Curia examine their consciences by issuing a “catalogue” of 15 frequent “diseases” that he says afflict life at the Vatican.

In his customary annual audienc during which the Holy Father exchanged Christmas greetings with the heads of departments, Francis pulled no punches in singling out wrongdoings that, he said, “weaken our service to the Lord.” Many of these issues he has previously mentioned in his homilies and papal addresses.

On Monday, he began by reminding his staff that the Roman Curia is like a “small model” of the Church and that, as a “body,” it tries to be “more alive, healthier,...READ MORE

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Melkite Bishop of War-Torn Aleppo Offers Words of Christmas Hope, Joy and Peace (835)

'We will do everything in our power so that Christmas this year may be a real feast for our faithful in Aleppo, a Christmas generous in celebrations and festivities,' Archbishop Jean-Clement Jeanbart wrote.

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Jean-Clement Jeanbart, the Melkite archbishop of Aleppo, Syria

– CNA/Aid to the Church in Need

ALEPPO, Syria — As Christmas approaches, the Melkite-Catholic bishop of Aleppo has written a letter to his diocese, looking forward to the feast of hope and urging his people to practice charity to the less fortunate, much like in dioceses around the world.

But Archbishop Jean-Clement Jeanbart’s letter also voices profound hope that peace will return to the country in the next year.

“Christians all over the world are preparing the beautiful feast of Christmas, with its humble and heavenly scenes bringing joy, warmth and hope to the hearts of young and old everywhere in our disenchanted and sad world! We also in Syria are wishing for a Christmas of joy and consolation in the midst of this...READ MORE

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First Things Writer Converts to Catholicism, Catholics Do Have a Relationship with Christ and More! (2182)

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New York ‘s New Saint Cecilia Academy for Pastoral Musicians – Jennifer Donelson, New Liturgical Movement

But Catholics Do Have a Relationship With Christ – Anabelle Hazard, Catholic Stand

Ten Ways to Battle Gossip - Father Dwight Longenecker, Standing on my Head

Does Contraception Have a Place in Christian Relief Work? – Bernard Toutounji, Ignitum Today

The Enemy’s Tactic #1: The Loss of Reason – Philip Kosloski

Torture Report Released and Discussions Erup – Donald R. McClarey JD, The American Catholic

The Return of the Prayer to Saint Michael – Joe Bissonnette, Crisis Magazine

Reasons to...READ MORE

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Young Catholics in the U.K. Prepare Peers for Christmas Using Videos (582)

Made for Glory has released reflections for each day of Advent on YouTube.

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– Made for Glory Facebook

LONDON — This Advent, young Catholics in the United Kingdom have been using video media to challenge their peers to “engage in the life and rhythm of the Church” and seek a deeper relationship with Christ.

Made for Glory, a by-the-youth, for-the-youth faith initiative in the U.K., has been releasing a video for every day of Advent. Each video features a reflection from one of several young people based upon that day’s Gospel reading.

“We’re all thirsting for more of the truth,” said John Withers, team member of Made for Glory. “Advent is packed full of themes that speak right to the hearts of young people: longing, expectance, repentance, joy,” he told CNA in a Dec. 19 email interview.  ...READ MORE

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Pope: God Offers His ‘Omnipotent Love Through the Fragile Figure of a Child’ (460)

The Vatican Christmas tree was lit for the first time on Dec. 19. The St. Peter's Square Nativity was also unveiled. The Holy Father said: 'The crèche and the tree bring a message of light, hope and love.'

12/22/2014 Comment
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The Vatican tree is lit on Dec. 19.

– Elise Harris/CNA

VATICAN CITY — The 83-foot Italian tree in St. Peter's Square was lit for the first time at the unveiling of the Vatican's Nativity scene, which Pope Francis called a sign of “light, hope and love” for the world.

The Nativity scene and the Christmas tree “are an invitation to unity, harmony and peace; an invitation to make room, in our personal and social life, for God,” the Pope said in a Dec. 19 audience with delegates of the Italian regions who donated the decorations at a special “Lighting Ceremony” held in St. Peter’s Square.

In the birth of Jesus, we see that God “does not come with arrogance, imposing his power, but, instead, offers his omnipotent love through the fragile figure...READ MORE

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