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Catholic Refugees in Balkans Deserve Justice, Bishop Says (3080)

In the Bosnian Serb Republic, the Catholic population has fallen from 220,000 to 11,500 since the Yugoslav wars ended in the 1990s.

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Bishop Franjo Komarica

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SARAJEVO, Bosnia and Herzegovina — A bishop in Bosnia-Herzegovina says that Catholic refugees from the Yugoslav wars conducted in the 1990s continue to suffer and face barriers to their return home.

“Croatian Catholics must finally be put on an equal footing with the other two ethnic groups,” Bishop Franjo Komarica of Banja Luka told the charity Aid to the Church in Need Nov. 29. “They must be allowed to return from abroad, and possibilities must be created for them to build up a life in their hometowns.”

In the early 1990s, the breakup of Yugoslavia worsened tensions over territory and the future of minority ethnic groups and erupted into wars primarily involving Catholic Croats,...READ MORE

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Harvesting Fruits of the Year of Faith (2689)

The bishops of Shrewsbury and Portsmouth, England, are building on the just-concluded jubilee in 2014.

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LONDON — Two English bishops — Bishop Mark Davies of Shrewsbury and Bishop Philip Egan of Portsmouth — have written to their flocks announcing plans to continue deepening the experience of the recently concluded Year of Faith.

“The celebration of this Year of Faith has surely invited us all to raise our own voices calmly and clearly in a renewed profession of our faith,” Bishop Davies wrote in a pastoral letter marking the year's end on the feast of Christ the King.

Announced by Pope Benedict XVI, the Year of Faith ran from Oct. 11, 2012, to Nov. 24, 2013. The year sought to encourage a renewal and rediscovery of the faith among Catholics. It coincided with both the 50th anniversary...READ MORE

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Council of Cardinals Commences Second Meeting on Curial Reform (2068)

After their last meeting with Pope Francis, the eight cardinals consulted with other bishops, particularly at meetings of their national bishops’ conferences.

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Pope Francis meets Oct. 1 with the council of eight cardinals advising him on Curial reform in the library of the Vatican's Apostolic Palace.

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VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis met with the group of eight cardinals advising him on the reform of the Roman Curia and the government of the Church this morning, initiating the council’s second meeting.

“The meeting began this morning, continuing the look at the Roman Curia with a view to its reform, as requested by the cardinals prior to the conclave,” Jesuit Father Federico Lombardi, director of the Holy See Press Office, said at a briefing of journalists on Dec. 3.

This second meeting, lasting Dec. 3-5 and conducted at Casa Santa Marta, follows an initial meeting held Oct. 1-3.

The council of cardinals, made up of eight members from six continents, comprises Cardinals Francisco...READ MORE

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‘Sacrosanctum Concilium’ Turns 50 (7459)

Though its initial reception was turbulent and sometimes confused, Vatican II’s liturgical constitution has yielded abundant fruit after five decades.

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WASHINGTON — Catholics who witnessed the liturgical changes after the Second Vatican Council tend to recall two things about them: Mass in their native language, instead of Latin, and the priest facing the people.

As the Church marks the 50th anniversary of Sacrosanctum Concilium on Dec. 4, Vatican II’s constitution on “The Sacred Liturgy,” it is clear that, significant as those initial changes were, it has taken decades to digest the document’s message and shape the reform.

Although much has been written about missteps and misinterpretations in the wake of the Council, even critics generally agree that a singular achievement has been increased participation in the Mass.

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ACLU Lawsuit Targets U.S. Bishops’ Health-Care Directives (2870)

The lawsuit claims the directives resulted in negligent care, but a specialist in high-risk pregnancies counters that ‘abortion is never necessary to save the life of the mother.’

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Pro-life demonstrators in front of the U.S. Supreme Court.


LANSING, Mich.— A lawsuit charging that the U.S. bishops’ ethical standards for hospitals caused negligent care of a pregnant woman wrongly claims that abortion was medically necessary, a doctor and professor of medicine has said.

“Abortion is never necessary to save the life of the mother,” said Dr. Brian Calhoun, a professor and vice chair in the obstetrics and gynecology department at West Virginia University-Charleston.

Calhoun, who specializes in high-risk pregnancies, rejected the deliberate killing of an unborn patient in a medical emergency.

“Abortion is not medicine. It is something else entirely,” he told CNA Dec. 2.

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New Approach for Communion of Remarried Divorcees? Watching and Waiting: Advent in Carmel and More! (6361)

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New Approach for Communion of Remarried Divorcees? Follow the link by Andrea Tornielli of Vatican Insider to read more.

New Approach for Communion of Remarried Divorcees? by Andrea Tornielli of Vatican Insider - BigPulpit.com

Only Homosexuals Can Get Angry? – Austin Ruse, The Catholic Thing

Watching & Waiting: Advent in Carmel - Sr. Carmen Laudis, Roman Catholic Spiritual Direction

When Ought We to Declare a Catholic Institution Dead? – Daniel McInerny, Aleteia

Sorrowful Mysteries & Sin - Amanda Mortus, Ignitum Today

Smaller House Means Shedding Books: What to Throw Out? – Dr. William Oddie, The Catholic Herald

The Forbidden Rite via Fr. Z’s Blog - BigPulpit.com

Are Sexual Sins the Least Bad? - Todd Aglialoro, Catholic Answers

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Church of the Nativity Repairs Under Way (4159)

After decades of squabbling, the Bethlehem church’s leaky roofs and windows are finally being fixed.

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Christmas services in 2009 at the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem.

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BETHLEHEM — The Church of the Nativity’s leaky roof and windows are finally being repaired, thanks to a rare act of cooperation between the three major churches that share and maintain the church, built atop the traditional place of Jesus’ birth.

In August, officials of the Palestinian Authority and Latin Catholic, Greek Orthodox and Apostolic Armenian Churches signed an agreement authorizing an Italian restoration company to fix the church, whose basilica was built by the Byzantine Emperor Justinian about 600 A.D.

The original Church of the Nativity, built in 330 A.D. by the Roman Emperor Constantine, was mostly destroyed 200 years later. The existing church was built on the same...READ MORE

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Argentina Lawmakers Recommend Pope Francis for Nobel Peace Prize (3187)

The resolution, overwhelmingly approved in the House of Representatives, now goes to the Senate for ratification.

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Pope Francis leads a prayer vigil for peace in Syria in St. Peter's Square on Sept. 7.

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BUENOS AIRES — Argentina’s House of Representatives has passed a resolution to nominate Pope Francis for the Nobel Peace Prize for his call to end the violence in Syria.

The resolution was passed by an overwhelming majority and now goes to the Senate for ratification.

Representative Oscar Martinez, who sponsored the resolution, described Pope Francis as “a man who throughout this year has been decisive in maintaining international peace through his clear position regarding the conflict in Syria.”

Since his election to the papacy, Pope Francis has made repeated calls for peace in Syria.  He sent a letter to Russian President Vladimir Putin during the G20 Summit in which he called on...READ MORE

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