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What Can Pro-Lifers Expect in the 2015 Congress? (1339)

They played a big part in victories in five key states in the November midterms.

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WASHINGTON — In the November midterm elections, Republicans took control of Congress for the first time since 2006, thanks in part to pro-life activists, who flooded five critical states with millions of dollars to help the GOP claim victory.

On Dec. 11, the GOP-led House had its first opportunity since the midterms to show pro-life leaders and activists it heard them on issues like protecting the unborn, protecting conscience rights and defunding Planned Parenthood, when it released a bipartisan omnibus spending bill. The outcome was less than a resounding pro-life success, an outcome that has left pro-life advocates hoping that the new Congress can deliver better results next year.


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Prison Inmates Participate in Gift Exchange With Pope Francis (3292)

Prisoners at Sing Sing Correctional Facility in Ossining, N.Y., were amazed to receive gifts from the Holy Father.

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Sing Sing Correctional Facility

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NEW YORK — Inside the chapel of Our Lady of Hope at Sing Sing Correctional Facility, inmates sitting in the penitentiary’s chapel pews were amazed by what they had received from Pope Francis.

Denis Martinez, a convicted felon of 11 years serving time at Sing Sing, sent an original drawing of three crucifixes on Calvary as a gift to Pope Francis.

Other inmates sent messages along with the drawing to the Pope, as a symbol of their respect for him.

Much to their surprise, the inmates at the prison, which was established in 1825, received a gift in return from the Holy Father, who sent Martinez and his fellow prisoners a rosaries, blessed holy cards and a promise to keep them in his prayers....READ MORE

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U.S. Church Leaders Applaud New U.S.-Cuba Ties (2180)

But not all Catholic lawmakers in Washington are happy with the new development.

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Sen. Jeff Flake (r), R-Ariz., with Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., discusses the efforts to retrieve U.S. contractor Alan Gross from prison in Cuba on Dec. 17 in Washington.

– T.J. Kirkpatrick/Getty Images

WASHINGTON — The United States and Cuba have normalized diplomatic relations for the first time in more than 50 years, with the help of the Vatican and the personal intervention of Pope Francis.

Bishop Oscar Cantú, chairman of the U.S. Catholic bishops’ Committee on International Justice and Peace, said it was “long past due” for the U.S. to establish full diplomatic relations with Cuba.

“Our conference has long held that universal human rights will be strengthened through more engagement between the Cuban and American people,” he said.

The bishop of Las Cruces, N.M., added that the bishops’ conference strongly supported the review of Cuba’s current status as a designated state sponsor...READ MORE

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Surprise! Marriage Is the Foundation of Catholic Social Teaching; Children are a Blessing and More! (1886)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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Click on Surprise! Marriage Is the Foundation of Catholic Social Teaching by Dr. Jeff Mirus of Catholic Culture link to read more.

Surprise! Marriage Is the Foundation of Catholic Social Teaching by Dr. Jeff Mirus of Catholic Culture - BigPulpit.com

These Children are a Blessing – Randy Hain, Integrated Catholic Life™

Pope Francis Does Not Gather Moss – Donald R. McClarey JD, The American Catholic

How to Craft a Wooden Monstrance for Kids – Lacy, Catholic Icing

A Video Reflection for the Third Week in Advent - Shaun McAfee, Epic Pew

English Bishop Threatens Parishioner Over Church Closures – Catholic Herald

Defense of the Immaculate Conception: Part 1 and Part 2 – Nick Hardesty, Catholic Stand

Cardinal De Paolis: Catastrophe if Divorced and/or Remarried Receive Communion – Fr. Z's Blog

What’s Keeping You from...READ MORE

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The Visitation’s Phantom Issue: Why Communities Decline or Thrive (3389)


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Many communities that retain traditional forms of religious life are flourishing.

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The final report on the apostolic visitation of institutes of women religious in the United States, issued on Dec. 16, presents a strong appreciation of the value of consecrated life in the Church and the contributions made by the thousands of religious women who have dedicated themselves to the apostolic work of the Church.

But the overall message is that the days of 175,000 women religious staffing parish schools, hospitals, orphanages and other charities are over, and they will not be returning anytime soon. The task now is to care for the aging, retired religious and to nurture the communities that are still able to receive new members.

The report, issued by the Congregation for...READ MORE

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Vatican, Pope Played Key Role in New U.S.-Cuba Policy (2881)

Today's prisoner swap was finalized at the Vatican, and President Obama personally thanked Pope Francis for his assistance.

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President Barack Obama announces a new policy on U.S.-Cuban relations on Dec. 17.

– whitehouse.gov

WASHINGTON — The Vatican played a critical role behind a prisoner exchange and a groundbreaking new policy between U.S. and Cuba announced on Wednesday, senior administration officials said.

“Very importantly, the Vatican played a role in this as well,” a senior administration official said in a White House conference call with reporters on the prisoner exchange between the U.S. and Cuba and the opening of new relations between the two.

Pope Francis made a personal appeal to the presidents of both countries in a letter, asking them to “resolve the case of Alan Gross and the case of the three Cubans who have been imprisoned here in the United States and also encouraging the United States...READ MORE

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Tea and Cake for Pope Francis as He Celebrates His 78th Birthday (924)

The Holy Father, who turned 78 on Dec. 17, stopped to blow out the candles on a cake and took a sip of mate tea offered to him by pilgrims.

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Pope Francis blows out candles on a cake for his 78th birthday in St. Peter’s Square during his Wednesday general audience on Dec. 17.

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VATICAN CITY — Shouts of “Tanti auguri” (“Happy birthday!”) filled St. Peter’s Square Wednesday morning, as Pope Francis circled around throngs of pilgrims on his popemobile during the weekly general audience.

The Holy Father, who turned 78 on Dec. 17, stopped to blow out the candles on a cake given to him by a group of Legionaries of Christ seminarians. He also took a sip of mate tea, a traditional South-American drink popular in Argentina, offered to him by pilgrims.

One of the lucky little pilgrims to receive a kiss from the Pope on his birthday was a small baby girl named Gaia, who has been in Rome receiving medical treatment at the nearby Bambino Gesu Hospital.

Gaia’s mother,...READ MORE

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Sydney Archbishop Offers Solace in Aftermath of Deadly Siege (1063)

‘There is something greater than hatred and violence,’ Archbishop Anthony Fisher said. ‘There is Love, that humble, self-donative Love that comes in the shape of the Christmas Babe, the Prince of Peace.’

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A man places flowers as a mark of respect for the victims of the Martin Place siege on Dec. 16 in Sydney.

– CNA/Getty Images/Daniel Munoz

SYDNEY — In the aftermath of a hostage situation at an Australian café that resulted in three deaths, Sydney’s new Archbishop Anthony Fisher stressed that the love of Jesus Christ, the Prince of Peace, can overcome fear and darkness.

“We are not used to hearing words like ‘siege,’ ‘terrorist,’ ‘hostages’ and ‘security forces’ associated with our city. Yet, for the past day and night, we were subjected to pictures and sounds we tend to associate with alien lands,” he said in a Dec. 16 homily at Sydney’s St. Mary’s Cathedral during a special Mass for the victims.

“Hell had touched us,” he said.

On Dec. 14, a gunman took 17 people hostage at the Lindt Chocolat Café in Martin Place, a...READ MORE

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