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Vatican Calls Online Harassment ‘Violence,’ Increases Efforts to Fight It (1796)

‘Stop Threats on the Internet’ is the title of a campaign organized by the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace and the Bureau International Catholique de L’Enfance.

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VATICAN CITY — The Holy See joined efforts with other Catholic organizations in order to raise awareness of the increasing trend of Internet threats, which are among many current forms of violence against youth.

“The Pontifical Council of Justice and Peace wanted to give visibility to this new and very worrying form of violence against children and youth, which comes in addition to a long list of other forms of violence and enslavement that we already know [of],” Cardinal Peter Turkson told journalists on Dec. 9.

“Stop Threats on the Internet” is the title of a campaign organized by the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace and the Bureau International Catholique de L’Enfance, which is...READ MORE

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Catholic Schools’ Religious Liberty Under Fire in Nation’s Capital (6199)

Their ability to operate themselves, in line with Catholic teaching on sexuality, is coming under increasing pressure there and elsewhere.

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WASHINGTON — The Council of the District of Columbia has unanimously passed legislation revoking legal exemptions that protected Catholic schools and universities in the District of Columbia from having to provide recognition, funds and space to student groups engaged in political homosexual advocacy.

The D.C. Council voted 13-0 on Dec. 1 to approve Councilmember Tommy Wells’ amendment to the D.C. Human Rights Act, which repeals a 1989 federal exemption that allowed religiously affiliated organizations to govern themselves along their religious tenets in matters of sexual orientation.

Robert Destro, a law professor and founding director of the Interdisciplinary Program in Law & Religion...READ MORE

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Pope Says Synod Discussed Fundamental Truths About Matrimony (1831)

Marriage is about ‘indissolubility, unity, fidelity and openness to life,’ the Holy Father said Dec. 10, as he recapped the dialogue of the October meeting of bishops on the family.

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VATICAN CITY -- In his weekly general audience on Dec. 10, Pope Francis started a new catechesis on the family and explained that discussion surrounding the topic in the Extraordinary Synod of Bishops on the Family was rooted in the fundamental truths of marriage.

“Dear brothers and sisters, this morning we begin a new series of catechesis devoted to the family,” the Pope told pilgrims gathered in St. Peter’s Square for his Dec. 10 general audience.

He recalled how the current pastoral challenges to the family were discussed in October during the Third Extraordinary Synod of Bishops on the Family. The results of this year’s meeting, he noted, serve as preparation for next year’s Ordinary...READ MORE

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World Meeting of Families Organizers Call for Host Families (1708)

Organizers are asking residents from the Philadelphia metro region, including south New Jersey, Delaware and the Lehigh Valley, to host a family for the September event.

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PHILADELPHIA — Organizers for the World Meeting of Families have asked people to open their homes to host attendees and other visitors for the event, which will mark Pope Francis’ first visit to the United States.

“The excitement for the World Meeting of Families and Pope Francis’ visit cannot be overstated,” said Donna Farrell, executive director of the World Meeting of Families, on Dec. 3.

She said there has been a “tremendously positive” response to the opening of registration for the event and to the announcement of the papal visit.

Farrell added: “We will need every housing option available.”

The Philadelphia World Meeting of Families will take place Sept. 22-27, 2015. It is a...READ MORE

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Synod’s 2015 Document Asks How to Improve Pastoral Care to Families (2147)

The lineamenta is composed of the concluding report from the 2014 synod and 46 questions to be delivered to Church leaders worldwide.

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VATICAN CITY — The Synod of Bishops announced Tuesday it had released its preparatory document for the 2015 Synod of Bishops on the Family, asking that bishops avoid formulating pastoral care merely in terms based on doctrine.

The Dec. 9 document, known as a lineamenta, is composed of the concluding report from the 2014 synod, as well as a series of 46 questions to be delivered to bishops’ conferences, Eastern Catholic synods, religious superiors and dicasteries, as well as academic institutions and ecclesial movements.

“The questions posed here, which refer to the first part of the synod’s final report,” the introduction to the first part of the questionnaire says, “are intended to...READ MORE

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Interview: ‘Exodus’ Director Ridley Scott and Stars Christian Bale and Joel Edgerton (8618)

The Exodus: Gods and Kings filmmakers talk about the challenges of portraying God, Moses and the plagues.

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Christian Bale, Ridley Scott and Joel Edgerton (l-r)

Ridley Scott’s Exodus: Gods and Kings (in theaters Dec. 12) is the year’s second major Old Testament epic from a director who is not a believer — but don’t get Scott started on Noah’s rock-monster Watchers. Whether it’s angels or plagues, Scott prefers a more restrained, naturalistic sensibility.

I learned this at a recent press event in Manhattan, where I had the opportunity to sit down with Scott as well as his Moses, Christian Bale, and his Rameses, Joel Edgerton. (The press event involved several sessions and configurations; the edited discussion below includes dialogue from two sessions.)

Among other things I learned: While Scott has identified in the past as an atheist, he now calls...READ MORE

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Waking Up to the Year of Consecrated Life (3903)

Dioceses are partnering with religious to highlight gifts of religious life.

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Religious across the U.S. are opening the doors of their homes, offering their testimonies and serving the downtrodden as they answer the Pope’s call to “wake up the world” to the joy of consecrated life.

The Year of Consecrated Life called for by Pope Francis started Nov. 30, the First Sunday of Advent, and runs through Feb. 2, 2016, the feast of the Presentation of the Lord.            

“I am counting on you to ‘wake up the world,’ since the distinctive sign of consecrated life is prophecy,” the Pope said in a letter to religious for the Year of Consecrated Life.  “This is the priority that is needed right now.”

The awakening, he explained, is for all Christians to live the Good News...READ MORE

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Pope Emeritus: Just Call Me ‘Father Benedict’ (4411)

He explains to a journalist that he prefers this title, partly to avoid generating any confusion about who is the ‘true pope.’

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VATICAN CITY — Rather than being called by his papal name “Benedict XVI,” the retired pope revealed that, since his retirement, he has wanted to return to his original priestly title and be called simply “Father Benedict.”

Benedict made his comments in a private conversation with journalist Jorg Bremer, who published bits of them in a Dec. 7 article for the German newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung.

According to the journalist, Benedict explained that, when he initially stepped down, he wanted to be called “Father Benedict” rather than pope emeritus or Benedict XVI, but “I was too weak at that point to enforce it.”

At least part of the reason for wanting his new title to simply be...READ MORE

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