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U.S. Bishops Call for Nuclear Negotiations With Iran (1389)

Bishop Richard Pates, chairman of USCCB’s justice and peace committee, voices ‘deep concern’ over the current ‘dangerous situation.’

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Bishop Richard Pates of Des Moines, Iowa.

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WASHINGTON — The U.S. bishops’ leader on international peace issues said that dialogue is the path to a peaceful resolution of nuclear concerns between the United States and Iran.

“Bold steps must be considered to counter this unfortunate and continually rising tide of aggressive posturing between our own nation and Iran,” said Bishop Richard Pates of Des Moines, Iowa.

In a Dec. 18 letter to Thomas Donilon, national security advisor to the Obama administration, he explained that a “peaceful resolution will require direct, sustained negotiations over a considerable period of time.”

The bishop, who chairs the Committee on International Justice and Peace for the U.S. Conference of...READ MORE

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Catholic Aid Sent to Frightened Congolese Refugees (946)

Aid to the Church in Need has granted emergency assistance to refugees fleeing ‘unimaginably violent conflicts’ in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

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Refugee child at Kanyaruchinya displacement camp in Goma, Democratic Republic of Congo.

– Aid to the Church in Need

KINSHASA, Democratic Republic of Congo — The international Catholic pastoral charity Aid to the Church in Need has granted more than $65,000 in emergency aid to help refugees fleeing violent conflicts in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

The charity said the situation in the country’s east has been “explosive” for weeks, and many people are fleeing the “unimaginably violent conflicts” between many different political forces and military leaders. Control of the region’s natural resources is a major source of the clashes.

Aid workers have warned that armed groups are setting up new front lines in and around Goma, the capital of the North Kivu province in the country’s east.

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Judge Robert Bork, Conservative Icon and Catholic Convert, R.I.P. (4625)

A quarter century after his Supreme Court nomination was derailed by an unprecedented personal attack mounted by opponents of his judicial philosophy, the prescient legal theorist died Dec. 19 in Arlington, Va.

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Judge Robert H. Bork

– Public Domain

WASHINGTON — Early yesterday morning, Judge Robert H. Bork died in an Arlington, Va., hospital of complications from heart disease.

A renowned legal scholar and former professor at Yale, Bork served as U.S. solicitor general and U.S. attorney general, as well as sat as a judge on the Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit from 1982-1988, where he was succeeded by Clarence Thomas.

Today, he is probably best remembered for the contentious Senate confirmation battle that followed his nomination to the Supreme Court by President Ronald Reagan.

The acrimony of that confirmation, which included Sen. Edward Kennedy’s now-infamous description of “Robert Bork’s America” and featured a...READ MORE

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Papal Preacher Focusing on Church’s Three Big Events (1304)

December meditations offered to the Pope feature the Year of Faith, the 50th anniversary of the Second Vatican Council and the New Evangelization.

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Capuchin Father Raniero Cantalamessa, preacher to the Papal Household.

– CNA

VATICAN CITY — Father Raniero Cantalamessa, preacher to the papal household, is basing his reflections for the Pope and his staff on the Church’s three main events in 2012.

“I try to adjust myself to the graces or the problems that the Church is living, and there are three main events this year,” he explained to Catholic News Agency.

His previous talks for December covered the Year of Faith, an initiative launched by Pope Benedict to help Catholics deepen their relationship with God, and the 50th anniversary of the Second Vatican Council.

The topic of his next meditation on Dec. 21 will be the New Evangelization, since his aim is to talk about the Church’s priorities.

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Catholics Need to Ramp Up Their Online Presence, The English Bible According to Msgr. Knox and More! (2612)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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Catholics Need to Ramp Up Their Online Presence. Click on the link by Jeffrey Miller to read more.

Catholics Need to Ramp Up Their Online Presence – Jeffrey Miller, The Curt Jester

The English Bible According to Msgr. Ronald Knox by Dr. Jeff MirusBig Pulpit

Over the Counter Oral Contraceptives are Bad for Women’s Health – Rebecca Peck MD, Truth and Charity Forum

The Fear of God and the Law – Donald McClarey, The American Catholic

Book Review: Sons of Cain, Modern Knights in a Catholic Thriller – Kevin Symonds, Catholic Lane

Speak - Mariella Hunt, Ignitum Today

Missed Minor Revisions? The Full Episode is Online Right Here! – Jennifer Fulwiler, Conversion Diary

Why the Rush to Canonize 20th Century Popes? – Dylan Parry, A Reluctant Sinner

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Study Finds 84% of World Has Religious Affiliation (1577)

Numbering about 1.1 billion, those with no religious affiliation now equal the global number of Catholics.

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Pew Research Center's Forum on Religious & Public Life.

– Pew Research Center's Forum on Religious & Public Life.

WASHINGTON — More than 80% of people around the world — about 5.8 billion individuals — identify with a religious group, according to a new study by the Pew Research Center.

“Christians number 2.2 billion, or about 1-in-3” of the 6.9 billion people in the world in 2010, the study found, adding that about “half of all Christians are Catholic.”

Released Dec. 18, the "Global Religious Landscape" study examined censuses, surveys and population registers to determine the size, geographical distribution and age of the world’s major religions.

As of 2012, the world contained about 1.6 billion Muslims, 1 billion Hindus, almost 500 million Buddhists and 14 million Jews, the analysis said.

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Pope Says Faith Includes Trust in Dark Moments (1848)

In the latest installment of his weekly reflections on faith, the Holy Father emphasizes the need to rely on God in difficult circumstances.

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– Catholic News Agency

VATICAN CITY — Pope Benedict XVI continued his series of reflections on faith this Wednesday, saying that at times it includes an element of darkness.

“We encounter moments where God seems absent, his silence weighs on our hearts and his will doesn’t correspond to our own as we would like it to,” the Pope told pilgrims on Dec. 19.

“But the more we open ourselves to God, we receive the gift of faith and put our trust in him completely, the more he empowers us with his presence to live every situation in peace assured by his loyalty and love,” he said during his weekly general audience.

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Irish Pro-Lifers: Abortion Legislation Will Have Election Consequences (1028)

Pro-life leaders warn that Irish voters will punish Irish Prime Minister Enda Kelly and his party for breaking a pro-life pledge they made before the 2011 election.

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Dec. 4 pro-life vigil in Dublin opposing legislation to make abortion more available in Ireland.

– Youth Defence

DUBLIN — Pro-life leaders in Ireland have warned that the Fine Gael-run government’s introduction of legislation to legalize abortion will have consequences for the party at the next election.

Rebecca Roughneen, a spokeswoman for Youth Defence, said Dec. 18 that her organization will make sure the Irish public does not forget that Prime Minster Enda Kenny and his party “broke the pro-life promise” they made before the 2011 election.

“The pro-life majority in Ireland will not tolerate this, and Youth Defence will make sure that every Fine Gael voter in the country is made aware of the party’s political cowardice,” she said. “They are bowing to the demands of the Labour Party and other...READ MORE

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