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Young Catholics in the U.K. Prepare Peers for Christmas Using Videos (1534)

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

12/22/2014 Comment
Made for Glory Facebook

– 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’ (1406)

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.'

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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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Mass Start Times that Warrant Attention, Things to Mention When Bringing a Friend to Mass and More! (2531)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

12/21/2014 Comment

Click on Mass-Start Times that Warrants Attention by Dr. Ed Peters of In the Light of the Law link to read more.

Mass-Start Times that Warrants Attention by Dr. Ed Peters of In the Light of the Law - BigPulpit.com

Mary the Spouse of the Holy Spirit: Blasphemy or Biblical? – Dave Armstrong, Seton Magazine

Seven Things to Mention When Bringing a Friend to Mass – Lucy East, Epic Pew

The New College Counterculture: The Chaste Faith – Ryan Shinkel, First Things

A Servant’s Heart – J. R. Baldwin, Ignitum Today

The Gift of the Atheists – Genevieve Kineke, Catholic Lane

U. S. Debates Torture Report While Young Christian Children Beheaded – Donald R. McClarey JD, The American Catholic

Fifteen Myths About Catholic Annulments – Benedict Nguyen, Regina Magazine

Whose Gender? Which Identity? – Carl R....READ MORE

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Renewal Amid Divisions (2954)

COMMENTARY

12/19/2014 Comments (7)
CNA

– CNA

“You have not only a glorious history to remember and to recount, but also a great history still to be accomplished!” St. John Paul II told clergy and religious women in his 1996 apostolic exhortation, Vita Consecrata.

“Look to the future, where the Spirit is sending you, in order to do even greater things.”

At that point, the Holy Father had labored for almost two decades to address the crisis in religious life that had prompted the departure of tens of thousands of women religious from storied teaching and nursing orders in the United States and resulted in the steady contraction of their apostolates.

At the center of John Paul’s long struggle to reform religious orders that had lost...READ MORE

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William May, Catholic Moral Theologian and Defender of 'Humanae Vitae,' Dies at 86 (3892)

May clarified Catholic doctrine through his scholarship and challenged efforts to change Church teaching on human life and sexuality issues.

12/19/2014 Comments (4)

WASHINGTON — William May, a leading Catholic moral theologian and a stalwart defender of Church doctrine on the most contested moral teachings of the past half century, died Dec. 13, after an extended illness; he was 86.

The Mass of Christian burial for William May will be held on Dec. 20 at Holy Redeemer Church in Kensington, Md., at 10am.

A key player in the moral debates that roiled theology departments at Catholic universities in the wake of the Second Vatican Council, May clarified Catholic doctrine through his scholarship and challenged efforts to modify and reorient Church teaching on contraception, abortion, euthanasia, homosexual relations and assisted reproduction.

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Celebrating Christmas in the West Bank Presents Challenges (2161)

Christians in the Holy Land say it is sometimes difficult to feel the joy of Christmas, but it is easier to relate to the challenges faced by the Holy Family.

12/19/2014 Comment
Michele Chabin

Bethlehem residents Veronica Ghattas (l) and her friend Jocelyn Mukarker traveled to Nazareth, in northern Israel. Every year, Israel issues visitor’s permits so that West Bank Christians can visit family and holy sites in Israel in the days leading up to Christmas and Easter.

– Michele Chabin

BETHLEHEM, West Bank — Even in the best of times, Christmas cheer can sometimes be hard to come by in the Holy Land.

The intermittent violence that has gripped Israel and the Palestinian-ruled West Bank and Gaza Strip since June has scared away busloads of pilgrims, and that is hurting the many Christians whose livelihoods depend on tourism.

Furthermore, despite the Christmas-related festivities that take place in Bethlehem in the Palestinian-ruled West Bank and Nazareth in northern Israel, the fact that local Christians comprise less than 2% of the population is a constant reminder that they are a minority and that their numbers have dwindled dramatically during the past century.

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U.K. Midwife Abortion Ruling Sparks Pro-Life Outcry (2778)

The U.K. high court ruled that midwives in charge of maternity wards are not exempt from assisting in the procurement of abortions.

12/19/2014 Comments (9)
Society for the Protection of Unborn Children

Scottish midwives Connie Wood (l) and Mary Doogan

– Society for the Protection of Unborn Children

LONDON — The U.K. Supreme Court has ruled that midwives in charge of delivery wards are not exempt from assisting in the procurement of abortions — prompting warnings that the decision will have significant consequences for medical personnel opposed to the procedure.

“Today's decision, sadly, makes it likely that senior midwives who refuse to kill babies will be forced to leave the profession,” said Paul Tully, general secretary of the Society for the Protection of Unborn Children, Dec. 17.

“This will affect anyone who objects to abortion, of any religion or none. It will create a second-class status in midwifery for those who only deliver babies and don't kill them,” he said.

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Kentucky Priest Returns to Ministry After Unsubstantiated Abuse Claim (2671)

Archbishop Joseph Kurtz removed the pastor of St. Peter the Apostle Church Sept. 25. He resumed his ministry on Dec. 17.

12/19/2014 Comments (4)
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– Wikimedia Commons

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Father Ronald Domhoff, a priest of the Archdiocese of Louisville, Ky., has returned to ministry after being cleared of sexual-abuse allegations.

The priest was pastor of St. Peter the Apostle Church. Archbishop Joseph Kurtz of Louisville placed him on administrative leave Sept. 25, after police informed him of the allegation. The accuser said the abuse took place in the 1980s.

The Louisville Metro Police Department ended its investigation of the priest, and the claim against him could not be substantiated, WAVE 3 News reported.

“The archdiocese said a private investigator with expertise in crimes against children reviewed the information gathered, interviewed Domhoff...READ MORE

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