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Pope Francis Opens Up to ‘La Nacion’ (2670)

NEWS ANALYSIS: The Holy Father’s latest interview discusses the recent synod and rejects accusations that he demoted U.S. Cardinal Raymond Burke.

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VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis’ latest interview, with a Spanish-language daily newspaper, discussed the recent synod and the controversial question of reception of Communion by divorced-and-remarried Catholics.

In the interview, published Sunday in the Argentine daily newspaper La Nacion, the Holy Father affirmed he is open to better integrating remarried Catholic divorcees in Church life and opposed to ruling out Communion altogether for such Catholics.

He is also content with the synodal process, and he rejected accusations that he demoted Cardinal Raymond Burke, the former prefect of the Vatican’s Supreme Court. The Pope revealed in the interview that he is planning on visiting Africa...READ MORE

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‘The Vatican Museums 3D’ Takes Technology-Enabled Tour to Rome (3116)

Documentary Shows Moviegoers Sacred Art Like It Has Never Been Seen Before

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Disputation of the Holy Sacrament by Raphael in the Vatican

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The Vatican Museums 3D, which is a 3-D “trip” inside the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel, will be in theaters around the country on Dec. 10 in partnership with Fathom Events; it will be shown in 2-D and RealD 3-D. Additional shows will be in select theaters Dec. 11 and 14.

The same cutting-edge 3-D cinematic techniques used by filmmakers in many of Hollywood’s most technologically advanced movies were employed by a team of 40 professionals to capture art treasures.

Producer and director Cosetta Lagani took time from her busy schedule as the head of Sky 3D for the digital satellite TV network Sky Italia to speak with the Register about the making of the film.


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Little Sisters in Court: Don’t Stop Our Ministry of Serving the Dying Poor (4559)

'The government demands we choose between our care for the elderly poor and our faith. We cannot do that,' said the religious congregation's mother provincial.

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Mother Loraine Marie Maguire, mother provincial of the Little Sisters of the Poor, addresses the press after her appearance in appeals court on Dec. 8.

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DENVER — The Little Sisters of the Poor asked an appeals court on Monday to shield them from the federal contraception mandate, saying that it threatens their 175 years of service to the poor and dying in the United States.

“As Little Sisters of the Poor, we offer the neediest elderly of every race and religion a home where they will be welcomed as Christ, cared for as family and accompanied with dignity until God calls them to himself,” Mother Loraine Marie Maguire told members of the press.

“But now, the government demands we choose between our care for the elderly poor and our faith. We cannot do that, and we should not have to.”

Mother Loraine’s comments came after the 10th Circuit...READ MORE

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Marquette: Opposition to Same-Sex ‘Marriage’ Can Be a Form of Harassment (3677)

A presentation at the university shares the federal government’s new understanding that beliefs about marriage as a union only of one man and one woman can be a source of discrimination and illegal harassment.

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Marquette University

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MILWAUKEE — An anti-harassment training presentation at a Catholic college encourages employees to report critics of same-sex “marriage” and could reflect recent federal decisions that the belief in marriage as a union of a man and a woman is discriminatory.

Part of the employee anti-harassment training at Marquette University includes a presentation with a comic strip-style story about a fictional employee named “Harassed Hans,” a man in a wheelchair. The training encourages Hans to report to the university human resources department his co-workers Becky and Maria, who “have been talking about their opposition to same-sex marriage” all week.

“Their co-worker Hans is offended, but he...READ MORE

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Unraveling the ‘Francis Enigma’ (4813)

A Register interview with veteran journalist and author Austen Ivereigh.

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Austen Ivereigh

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Austen Ivereigh is the author of The Great Reformer: Francis and the Making of a Radical Pope. Recently released to positive reviews in the United Kingdom and the United States, The Great Reformer drills into the Pope’s early history as a young Jesuit provincial who embraced a reformist agenda but would later be effectively ostracized by members of his order in Argentina.

A former spokesman for Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor in England, Ivereigh is also the author of How to Defend the Faith Without Raising Your Voice (Our Sunday Visitor, 2012) and the coordinator for Catholic Voices in the United Kingdom, an initiative that trains Catholics to present and defend Church teaching in the...READ MORE

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Time for Another Suppression of the Jesuits?; Advent Fasting; An Open Letter to Priests and More! (3090)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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Click on Time for Another Suppression of the Jesuits? by Donald R. McClarey, JD, of The American Catholic link to read more.

Time for Another Suppression of the Jesuits? by Donald R. McClarey, JD, of The American Catholic - BigPulpit.com

Fasting for Advent – David G. Bonagura Jr., The Catholic Thing

Video Reflection for the Second Week in Advent - Shaun McAfee, Epic Pew

Chastity and Love: Please Don’t Let Them Be Misunderstood – Karee Santos, Catholic Lane

An Open Letter to Priests by Cristina Montes of Ignitum Today - BigPulpit.com

Baby Naming Trend of 2014 Is One of De-Christianization – Ed West, Catholic Herald

Win Books and a Kindle: Epic Holiday Giveaway – Epic Pew

Priestly Celibacy and the Demise of Marriage – Joe Bissonnette, Crisis Magazine

Social Justice = More Power to Caesar – Donald R....READ MORE

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Doctors Push to Allow Death by Organ Donation (3057)

A recent study claims the majority of Americans would support ditching the ‘dead-donor rule’ for organ extraction.

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ARLINGTON, Texas — Cases like that of Martha Perez, a 26-year-old woman whose family said they felt pressured to donate her organs in Arlington, Texas, last month, following a tragic car crash, highlight public uncertainty about the medical definition of “brain death.”  

“But she still has heart and lung functions,” family member Juan Martinez told MyFoxDFW.com before her organs were harvested. “They took her off life support, and she was still breathing. My family feels pressured, and it’s just hard for someone to make that kind of decision when this just happened.”

To avoid public confusion over complicated definitions like “brain death,” some doctors and bioethicists are now saying it...READ MORE

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Accounts of Former Vatican Bank Directors Frozen (608)

The officials are being investigated by a Vatican prosecutor for suspected embezzlement of funds between 2001 and 2008.

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The Institute for Religious Works

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VATICAN CITY — More than $19.6 million in the accounts of two former managers of the Institute for Religious Works (IOR), commonly known as the Vatican Bank, have been frozen by a Vatican prosecutor in the course of an investigation, it was announced Sunday.

At a Dec. 6 press conference, Holy See press officer Jesuit Father Federico Lombardi confirmed that Gian Piero Milano, promoter of justice for Vatican city state, was investigating two former IOR directors regarding suspected embezzlement between 2001 and 2008.

The investigation is based on suspicions aroused during a 2013 internal review, part of ongoing financial reform at the Vatican aimed at transparency and tackling money...READ MORE

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