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For Archbishop Chaput, Holy Family Provides Lesson on Immigration (1338)

‘We need to treat the undocumented among us with the mercy and justice we expect for ourselves,’ he said in a homily on the feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, the patroness of the Americas.

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Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia

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PHILADELPHIA — Faithful Catholics “need to remember that the Holy Family, too, was once a family of immigrants and refugees,” Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia said on the feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe.

He stressed: “We need to treat the undocumented among us with the mercy and justice we expect for ourselves.”

Archbishop Chaput’s Dec. 12 statement connected the Holy Family’s flight to Egypt to the stories of many immigrants today.

“Mary — our mother; the mother of the Church — had an intimate understanding of suffering, flight, homelessness and uncertainty,” he said.

The archbishop said that Mary’s honorific titles are “richly deserved” but “can sometimes obscure the human...READ MORE

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Pope: Christian Families, Make a Place for Jesus in Your Homes (781)

At Dec. 17 general audience, the Holy Father spoke of the Holy Family: ‘We can learn so much from Mary and Joseph, and especially from their love for Jesus. They help us to rediscover the vocation and mission of the family, of every family.’

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VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis spoke today about Jesus’ choice to be born into a family, saying that it shows the importance of the vocation, which Mary and Joseph epitomized through their everyday holiness.

“We can learn so much from Mary and Joseph, and especially from their love for Jesus. They help us to rediscover the vocation and mission of the family, of every family,” the Pope told pilgrims present in St. Peter’s Square for his Dec. 17 general audience.

Jesus, he noted, “was raised in an atmosphere of religious devotion, (and) he learned from the words and example of Mary and Joseph.”

In his second catechesis on the family, Pope Francis revealed that, in preparation for next year’s...READ MORE

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Reasons Why Your Child Needs a Catholic Pediatrician, Enduring His Wife's Addiction and More! (2366)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

12/17/2014 Comment

Click on Seven Reasons Why Your Child Needs a Catholic Pediatrician by Kathleen M. Berchelmann, MD, of Aleteia∝ link to read more.

Seven Reasons Why Your Child Needs a Catholic Pediatrician by Kathleen M. Berchelmann, MD, of Aleteia∝ - BigPulpit.com

How to Protect Your Children from Anti-Catholic Myths – Andrew M. Brown, Catholic Herald

Images that Perfectly Describe Our Faith - Shaun McAfee, Epic Pew

Enduring His Wife’s Addiction – Patti Maguire Armstrong, Integrated Catholic Life™

Jesuit Sycophantic Slop – Donald R. McClarey JD, The American Catholic

A Response to the Cohabitation Epidemic – Arland K. Nichols, Crisis Magazine

Helpful Advent Links - Abigail C. Reimel, Ignitum Today

Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity a Threat to the Church - Brian Fraga, OSV Newsweekly

Friendship for Husbands and Wives –...READ MORE

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Vatican Thanks Sisters and Calls Them to Unity and Self-Evaluation (3926)

NEWS ANALYSIS

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The final report on the Vatican’s apostolic visitation of U.S. women religious reads at first blush like a love letter to U.S. sisters, an effort to smooth all the feathers that were ruffled by the Vatican study.

However, a careful reading of the report reveals that, while some issues were ignored, there was an effort to point out that certain areas of religious life among U.S. sisters do need improvement. So the report will not satisfy those who hoped the visitation would be buried and forgotten; nor will it satisfy those who hoped for a mandate of sweeping reform.

The report acknowledges immediately that the visitation was initiated because religious life in this country “is...READ MORE

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Vatican Releases Final Report on Visitation of U.S. Women Religious (2592)

The Holy See’s report praised the consecrated women for their selfless contributions to the Church.

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Mother Agnes Mary Donovan (r), head of the Sisters of Life, speaks during a press conference Dec. 16 discussing the release of the final report from the apostolic visitation of U.S. women's religious. At Mother Agnes' left is Sister Sharon Holland, president of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious.

– AP photo/Andrew Medichini

VATICAN CITY — The Vatican has strongly praised U.S. institutes of women religious for their contribution to the Church’s evangelizing mission, while urging them to be careful not to lose the centrality of Christ in their apostolic life.

In its response to an eagerly anticipated final report on a three-year apostolic visitation of women religious in the country, the Vatican has also highlighted the challenges they are facing, including caring for aging sisters, financial constraints and the need to “revitalize institutes in fidelity to Christ.”

At a Dec. 16 Vatican press conference, Cardinal João Braz de Aviz, the prefect of the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and...READ MORE

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Christmas 2014 at the Vatican (1148)

Preparations began with the Dec. 4 arrival of a 75-foot-tall Christmas tree, delivered by helicopter and truck to St. Peter's Square.

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The dome of St. Peter's Basilica looms in the background as a man works near the top of an 84-foot, 70-year-old tree placed in St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican on Dec. 9.

– AP photo/Alessandra Tarantino

VATICAN CITY — Preparations for Christmas began at the Vatican on Dec. 4, when a 75-foot-tall Christmas tree, donated by people from the Italian province of Catanzaro in Calabria, was delivered by helicopter and truck to St. Peter’s Square.

The Nativity scene in the square was constructed by a foundation in Verona, Italy, with the help of the Diocese of Venice. Measuring 24 feet high, it has been inspired by the world of opera and consists of 20 terracotta figures.

Elsewhere, the work of the Vatican continued apace. The seventh meeting of the “Group of Nine” cardinals examining reform of the Roman Curia took place Dec. 9-11.

The “World Day of Peace Message 2015” was presented to the...READ MORE

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Pope Francis to Italian Media: People Are More Valuable Than ‘Hits’ (1480)

Journalists, editors and technicians from TV2000, the Italian bishops’ conference broadcasting station, met with the Pope on Dec. 15.

12/16/2014 Comment
CNA/Marta Jiménez Ibáñez

– CNA/Marta Jiménez Ibáñez

VATICAN CITY — Catholics working in media would do well to remember that communications is about informing people — not collecting “hits,” Pope Francis told representatives from the Italian station TV2000.

Journalists, editors and technicians from TV2000, the Italian bishops’ conference broadcasting station, met with the Pope in the Vatican’s Paul VI Hall on Dec. 15.

Addressing those who work in Italian Church television, Pope Francis presented three points of consideration that lie “at the heart” of communications.

First, the Pope said, Catholic media has the “challenging mission” of trying to protect social communications from being “twisted and bent” for other purposes. Rooted in...READ MORE

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Controversial Religious-Freedom Diplomat Takes Helm (1989)

Rabbi David Saperstein will be the first non-Christian to hold the position.

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Rabbi David Saperstein

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WASHINGTON — The U.S. Senate voted 61-36 on Friday to confirm Rabbi David Saperstein as the next U.S. ambassador-at-large for international religious freedom.

“Those of us who have followed religious-freedom issues at home and abroad over the years know how dire the situation is today for many religious communities around the world,” said Rev. C. Welton Gaddy, president of Interfaith Alliance, in response to the confirmation. “David’s leadership has never been more needed; may he go from strength to strength.”

The position, as an official part of the U.S. State Department, is charged with promoting and protecting religious freedom abroad.

The ambassador position has been vacant for much...READ MORE

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