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Jesus, the Perfect Christmas Gift (3042)

An Advent initiative in Washington urges people to use the holiday season to learn about the Catholic faith and grow closer to Christ.

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WASHINGTON — A successful Advent initiative in Washington is urging people to use the true meaning of the Christmas season to learn more about the Catholic faith and grow closer to Christ.

In an online video, Cardinal Donald Wuerl of Washington reflected, “When we think of Christmas, we think of gifts” because gift-giving is “one of the ways in which we show our love for the people around us.”

“We are always looking for the right gift, the perfect gift,” he observed. “Christmas is all about that great and perfect gift that is Jesus Christ.”

To aid people in remembering that Christmas is an invitation to celebrate Christ’s birth and grow in a relationship with him, the archdiocese is...READ MORE

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Longest Surviving Coma Patient Dies: Mom Never Left Her, Virgin of Breezy Point Graphic and More! (1820)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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World’s Longest Surviving Coma Patient Dies, Mom Never Left Her Side. Click on the link by Steven Ertelt to read more.

World’s Longest Surviving Coma Patient Dies, Mom Never Left Her – Steven Ertelt, Life News

New: “The Virgin of Breezy Point” Graphic – H. H. Ambrose, Saint Peter’s List

Ivy League Atheists Attack Mother Teresa by Matthew Archbold of the Creative Minority Report blogBig Pulpit

A History of Tobacco and Catholicism – John B. Buescher, Catholic World Report

We Need More Death – Edmund Mitchell, Ignitum Today

Those Terrible Middle Ages – Rich, Over the Rhine and Into the Tiber

A Catholic’s Gratitude for Barack Obama – Catholic in Brooklyn

Anniversary of Summorum Pontificum Celebrated in St. Peter’s Basilica – Alberto Carosa, The CWR Blog

For Gay Marriage Opponents, Election...READ MORE

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Chant Advocate to Lead New Vatican Office on Music and Architecture (4492)

According to American Benedictine Abbot Michael Zielinski, Gregorian chant communicates ‘the sense of Catholicity’ and is crucial to the recovering ‘the great treasure’ of Catholic Tradition.

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Benedictine Abbot Michael Zielinski

– Catholic News Agency

VATICAN CITY — Benedictine Abbot Michael Zielinski was nominated by Pope Benedict XVI Nov. 24 to lead a new office on liturgical arts at the Congregation for Divine Worship.

His appointment comes just after the Nov. 14 restructuring of the congregation, which will mean that Father Zielinski’s new division will focus on art, architecture and liturgical music. His title, capo ufficio (head of the office), makes him No. 4 in the congregation’s hierarchy.

Father Zielinski has served in Rome since 2007, as vice president of the Pontifical Commissions for the Cultural Heritage of the Church and for Sacred Archaeology. Those two commissions merged in June, at which time he left that...READ MORE

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Drop in Abortion Numbers Could Reflect Changing Attitudes (2279)

Centers for Disease Control report estimates U.S. abortions dropped 5% in 2009, part of a continuing decline that has occurred since 1990.

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Michael New

– Courtesy of Michael New

WASHINGTON — A new government report estimates the number of U.S. abortions dropped 5% in 2009, drawing praise from pro-life advocates and researchers who say the drop could be due in part to an increase in the numbers of pro-life Americans.

“Overall, I’m pleased to see the abortion numbers are coming down,” Michael New, a political science professor at the University of Michigan-Dearborn, told Catholic News Agency Nov. 26. “We’ve seen a pretty consistent downward trend in abortion since 1990. The numbers have declined almost every year. The numbers are down almost 25% overall since the early '90s. Overall, that’s a good thing.”

New said it is “very hard to say” what caused the...READ MORE

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Nigerian Cardinal Condemns Bombing of Protestant Church (1235)

Last weekend’s terrorist attack occurred within a major military base, killing at least 30 and wounding 45others.

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Cardinal John Onaiyekan of Abuja, Nigeria.

– Lewis Ashton Clancy-CNA

ROME — The newest cardinal from Nigeria has condemned a deadly terrorist attack on a Protestant church at a local military base, lamenting the lack of security in the country.

“Once again, a great tragedy has taken place; but, in this case, the circumstances are particularly worrisome,” Cardinal John Onaiyekan of Abuja told Aid to the Church in Need in Rome Nov. 26.

“This attack took place within one of the highest military establishments in Nigeria, surely one of the most secure premises you can think of,” he added.

“It seems that this kind of attack could happen anywhere.”

On Sunday, two suicide bombers detonated two explosives-laden vehicles at St. Andrew's Protestant Church...READ MORE

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Supreme Court Directs Appeals Court to Address Challenge to HHS Mandate (3289)

The Fourth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals must examine the claim that mandated coverage of abortion-inducing drugs violates religious freedom, but ruling offers no assurance that justices will take up the case.

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WASHINGTON — Five months after the U.S. Supreme Court’s landmark decision upheld the individual mandate of the Affordable Care Act, known as Obamacare, the high court directed the Fourth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to consider a case that challenges two key provisions of the federal health law, including the contraception mandate.

The Supreme Court’s Nov. 26 ruling offered a reprieve to Lynchburg, Va.-based Liberty University, which argued that Congress lacked the power to require employers to provide health insurance and that the Health and Human Services' mandate requiring co-pay-free coverage of abortion-inducing drugs violated the free exercise of religion for employers and...READ MORE

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Why the Modern View of Revelation May Be Flawed, Photos of New Eastern Cardinal Cleemis and More! (1942)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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Why the Modern View of the Book of Revelation may be Flawed. Follow the link by Msgr. Charles Pope to read more.

Why the Modern View of the Book of Revelation may be Flawed by Msgr. Charles PopeBig Pulpit

Seven Photos of the New Eastern Catholic Cardinal Baselios Cleemis – H. H. Ambrose, Saint Peter's List

How Cardinal Newman Handled the Haters – Brandon Vogt, Ignitum Today

Fearing the Stigmata – Patti Maguire Armstrong, Integrated Catholic Life™

Catholic Hospitals and Politicians Put On Notice – The Motley Monk, The American Catholic

Must Read: An Eastern Orthodox Christian Looks West – Devin Rose, St. Joseph’s Vanguard

The Bloody Santa – Ric Ballard, Eastern Catholic Spiritual Renewal

Hell and Satan Exists, Priests and Bishops Who Don’t Teach May Wind Up There – Fr. Z’s Blog


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Amid the Bloodshed, Libya’s Nuns Continue to Serve Those in Need (3429)


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Franciscan Missionaries of Mary India website

– Franciscan Missionaries of Mary India website

Last year the Register published my article “Uncertain Future for Christians in Libya,” which discussed the historical and current challenges facing the Church’s mission in this important North African country. Following the recent terrorist attack that killed U.S. Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens and three security personnel in Benghazi, serious questions continue to surface about the safety of the religious working there.

Despite the chaotic fallout from Libya’s revolutionary war, most Catholic religious have remained in the country to provide humanitarian aid. Among the Church’s small local community, there are approximately 100 sisters of various nationalities who work in hospitals...READ MORE

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