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Vatican Nativity Set Might Include Animals Not Present at Jesus’ Birth (2136)

Construction is under way on the annual Nativity scene in St. Peter’s Square.

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Construction is underway on this year's Vatican nativity set.

– Estefania Aguirre/CNA

VATICAN CITY — The Vatican has started construction on its annual Nativity set in St. Peter’s Square, and the display is expected to include a few animals that may not have been at Jesus’ birth.

The Pope said in his third book on the life of Christ, Jesus of Nazareth: The Infancy Narratives, released Nov. 21, that the ox and the donkey, regularly included in Nativity scenes, are not mentioned in the Gospels.

But they are included in other parts of the Bible, which could have inspired Christians to use them in representations of the birth of Jesus.

“No Nativity scene will give up its ox and donkey,” Pope Benedict says in his new book, which eventually will be translated into 20...READ MORE

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Pro-Life Group Praises Ethical Flu Vaccine (7460)

The vaccine Flucelvax, produced by Novartis, does not rely on aborted fetal cell lines for its production.

11/23/2012 Comments (6)

CLEARWATER, Fla. — A U.S. pro-life group that monitors pharmaceutical research says the Switzerland-based company Novartis’ new vaccine, Flucelvax, is ethically produced and does not rely on aborted fetal cell lines like some others in development.

“We are extremely pleased to see Novartis advance in the market over those such as Sanofi Pasteur, who are developing influenza vaccines using aborted fetal cell lines,” Debi Vinnedge, executive director of the Florida-based group Children of God for Life, said Nov. 21.

She said Novartis should be commended for “listening to public concerns.” Vinnedge encouraged the public to write the company and thank them for a vaccine that “will not...READ MORE

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A Close Call for Life in Massachusetts (1869)

NEWS ANALYSIS: The come-from-behind victory against one blue state’s assisted-suicide ballot measure provides lessons about how to mobilize successfully on this life issue and on others.

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Some members of a street team gather after a "No on Question 2" outreach in Boston.

– Justin Bell

WALTHAM, Mass. — It took a Bay State village with a kitchen sink full of methods, but the effort to legalize assisted suicide in Massachusetts was voted down. And the victory shined a bright light through a largely bleak national election with respect to life, marriage and religious-liberty issues.

An eclectic coalition — including medical professionals, disability advocates, Catholic bishops and their officials, other religious leaders, lay Catholics, editorial writers, strategic communications and polling firms, pro-lifers, sign holders, street messengers and very generous donors — joined forces to defeat Ballot Question 2, the state’s so-called “Death With Dignity Act.”

And, of...READ MORE

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Can a Priest Return to the Lay State, The Apse Mosaic of San Clemente, What Demons Think, and More! (2691)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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Can a Priest Ever Return to the Lay State. Follow the link by Canon Lawyer Cathy Carida.

Can a Priest Ever Return to the Lay State by Canon Lawyer Cathy CaridaBig Pulpit

A Sign of Contradiction: The Apse Mosaic of San Clemente – David Foote, Crisis Magazine

What Does a Demon Think About? – Dan Burke, Roman Catholic Spiritual Direction

‘The Catholic Church is Extremely Poetic’ – Miguel Cullen, Catholic Herald

The Useless People in Our Life - Bernard Toutounji, Ignitum Today

The Beauty Of Faith Is Not An Obstacle To Artistic Creation – Deacon Paul O. Iacono, Fra. Angelico Institute for the Sacred Arts

How to Celebrate Advent During Year of Faith – Marge Fenelon, OSV Newsweekly

Roman Views of the Solemn Pontifical Mass – Shawn Tribe, New Liturgical Movement

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Massacre at Duffy's Cut: Anti-Catholicism in 1832 America, Prepare for Advent, and Much More! (1404)

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11/22/2012 Comment

The Massacre at Duffy’s Cut, Anti-Catholicism in 1832 America. Follow the link via the Look in the Mirror blog.

The Massacre at Duffy’s Cut, Anti-Catholicism in 1832 America from the Look in the Mirror blogBig Pulpit

First, Prepare for Advent – Aged Parent, The Eye-Witness

Poverty of Spirit – Mary C. Tillotson, Ignitum Today

Are Catholics Supposed to Abstain from Meat Every Friday? – Cathy Caridi JCL, Canon Law Made Easy

Two Kings, Two Kingdoms (John 18:28-40) - Fr. John Bartunek, Roman Catholic Spiritual Direction

Pro-life is a ‘Social Justice’ Issue, Says New San Francisco Archbishop – Patrick B. Craine, LifeSiteNews

The Gorgeous Music of the Syro-Malankara Catholic Church – Jason Liske, Ascending Mount Carmel

Requiem for an Ambrosian – Shawn Tribe, New Liturgical Movement

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In Ireland Abortion Case, Pro-Lifers Warn Against Snap Judgments (3624)

No medical evidence has been presented to establish that a pregnant woman died because she was refused an abortion.

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DUBLIN, Ireland — Following the death of a pregnant women in Ireland who was denied an abortion, pro-life voices are advising careful examination of the circumstances rather than abortion advocacy.

Debate over Irish abortion law has been heated since news broke of the death of Savita Halappanavar, a 17-week pregnant woman, who died in a Galway hospital on Oct. 28.

Halappanavar’s autopsy has revealed that she died of blood poisoning and E. coli ESBL, an antibiotic-resistant strain of the bacterium.

“Instead of jumping to the conclusions that Halappanavar needed an abortion and that Ireland needs to legalize the killing of the youngest of its kind, the reasonable approach would be to...READ MORE

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Assault of Pro-Life Advocate Leads to Arrest of Alleged Serial Rapist (2535)

DNA evidence links the alleged assailant to three unsolved rape cases in the Denver area.

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Everett Stadig recuperating in hospital

– Photo courtesy of Everett Stadig

DENVER — The arrest of a prominent Denver realtor who allegedly assaulted a senior citizen collecting signatures for a pro-life petition has lead to new developments in three unsolved rape cases.

“Were it not for Mr. Costello’s arrest at the grocery store in July, there would have been no new leads, and there would have been no charges filed in connection with these three unsolved sexual assaults,” Lynn Kimbrough of the Denver District Attorney’s Office told CNA Nov. 21.

The man now identified as William Costello, a prominent Denver-based realtor, was asked by Everett Stadig if he had signed a petition in support of the Personhood Amendment, a bill designed to extend the protection of...READ MORE

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Thanksgiving Day Shopping Called ‘Assault’ on Family Life (6527)

Employees and Church leaders object to the commercialization of the November holiday.

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Shoppers wait to enter a Best Buy store on Nov. 25, 2011 in Naples, Fla.

– Spencer Platt/Getty Images

DENVER — The expansion of Thanksgiving weekend shopping to the holiday itself has raised concerns among both workers and clergy who worry that the change puts family time at risk.

Father Sinclair Oubre, spiritual moderator of the Texas-based Catholic Labor Network, said the store openings are a “disturbing trend” that is “an assault on the family.”

“We have almost completed the evolutionary process of having two classes of workers: those who get holidays off and can stay with their families and those who are forced to work so that those who have holidays off won’t have to stay with their families,” Father Oubre said.

Retailers such as Sears, Walmart, Target, Kmart, Toys “R” Us and...READ MORE

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