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Cardinal Wuerl Leads Vigil Outside LeRoy Carhart's Maryland Business (4060)

1,000 pro-lifers join archbishop of Washington on frosty night to mark year of late-term abortions.

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Dr. Leroy Carhart reportedly chose Maryland for his late-term abortion business “because it has some of the least-restrictive abortion laws in the nation, is centrally located on the East Coast and because Germantown is accessible from three airports.”

– 2000 Reuters photo

GERMANTOWN, Md. — During a frosty night graced by a Christmas carol, but not a hint of yuletide cheer, Cardinal Donald Wuerl of Washington, D.C., marked the first anniversary of LeRoy Carhart’s arrival at an abortion business in his diocese.

Far removed from the holiday activity on Capitol Hill, Cardinal Wuerl led a solemn candlelit procession and prayer vigil at a Germantown, Md., abortion facility, Reproductive Health Services, where Carhart began providing late-term abortions a year ago. The cardinal served as the chief celebrant for a Mass preceding the vigil at Mother Seton Catholic Church, located a few blocks from the business in this suburb north of the District of Columbia.


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Cardinal John Foley, the 'Voice of Christmas' at the Vatican, Dies at 76 (3277)

Philadelphia native was well known for his narration of midnight Mass from St. Peter’s.

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Cardinal John Patrick Foley, Grand Master of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem, speaks in the Vatican Press Office.

– 2010 CNA photo/Alan Holdren

VATICAN CITY — Pope Benedict XVI has paid tribute to Cardinal John Patrick Foley, who died today, recalling his “distinguished service” to the Holy See and commending his “noble soul” to God.

The American cardinal passed away in his sleep in the early hours of Dec. 11th at Villa St. Joseph, the archdiocesan home for retired priests in Darby, the Pennsylvania town where he was born. He was 76 and had been battling cancer for some time.

In a communiqué published by the Vatican Dec. 12, the Holy Father recalled “with gratitude the late cardinal’s years of priestly ministry in his beloved Archdiocese of Philadelphia, his distinguished service to the Holy See as president of the Pontifical...READ MORE

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Archbishop Chaput Talks Politics ... and Philadelphia (6405)

Catholics need to be more involved in politics, Philly archbishop says.

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Archbishop Charles Chaput

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In the wake of his surprisingly frank pastoral letter on the challenges ahead for the Philadelphia Archdiocese, and as a presidential election draws near, we spoke with Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia, the author of Render Unto Caesar: Serving the Nation by Living Our Catholic Beliefs in Political Life during his ad limina visit. During a wide-ranging interview, he reflected with characteristic directness on the distinct but overlapping roles of Catholic bishops, the laity and politicians. 

The Capuchin archbishop spoke from Rome with Register correspondent Edward Pentin on Dec. 10. 

What have been the highlights of your ad limina visit to Rome?

The highlight is always the...READ MORE

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'Fountain of Your Joy' Draws the Faithful to the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe (3243)

A visit to the famous Mexican apparition site for the Dec. 12 feast.

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– Christopher White

“Am I not here who am your Mother? Are you not under my shadow and protection? Am I not the fountain of your joy?” These are the words that the Blessed Virgin Mary spoke to Juan Diego in December 1531 on the very site that a church and shrine now stand in her honor — and which are remembered each Dec. 12.

Juan Diego, an Aztec convert to Catholicism, first encountered the Blessed Virgin on Tepeyac Hill, a rural area north of what was then Tenochtitlan (now Mexico City). The Virgin appeared to Juan Diego and told him that she wanted a church built on the very spot she was standing so that the entire world could know of her compassion. She instructed him to tell the bishop of Tenochtitlan.


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Pope Benedict: Stay Focused on the Coming of Christ and 3 Christmas Wishes (3126)

The Holy Father's Angelus address for the Third Sunday of Advent and highlights from his message at the recent Christmas tree lighting.

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VATICAN CITY (EWTN News/CNA)—Pope Benedict XVI reminded Christians not to be dazzled by the shopping lights of the Advent season but to keep focused on the coming of Jesus Christ, the “true Light of the world.”

“The external environment offers the usual commercial messages, even if in a lower-key way because of the economic crisis,” said the Pope during his Sunday Angelus address in a rain-soaked St. Peter’s Square Dec. 11. The Christian, by contrast, is “called to live Advent without being distracted by the lights.”

Christians should keep their eyes fixed on Christ so that “if, in fact, we persevere ‘vigilant in prayer and rejoicing in praise,’ our eyes will be able to recognize in him...READ MORE

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Father Spitzer's 10 Universal Principles (7891)

A guide to help you debate your friends on the life issues, without necessarily bringing in religion.

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Father Robert Spitzer, SJ, has written Ten Universal Principles: A Brief Philosophy of the Life Issues, published by Ignatius Press. The book outlines a pro-life philosophy that can be used for thinking and talking about human life and the life issues, especially abortion. Based on the natural law, the 10 principles presented in an easy-to-read format are meant to undergird sound reasoning to guide thoughts, actions, laws and public policies to create a culture of life and love.

Father Spitzer is a former president of Gonzaga University and currently serves as the founding president of the Magis Institute — an organization dedicated to public education on the relationship among the...READ MORE

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The Virgin Shall Conceive, St. John Roberts, Teaching Tolerance, Abortion Politics, and much more! (2357)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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The Virgin Shall Conceive. Click on the link by Randall Smith to read more.

The Virgin Shall Conceive - Randall Smith, The Catholic Thing

St. John Roberts: Facing Martyrdom with Humor - Dylan Parry, A Reluctant Sinner

Teaching Tolerance in the Catholic School - Catholic Lane

Movie Review: “The Greatest Miracle” is a Hit - Catholic League

Kathleen Sebelius’ Morning After Pill Decision: Politics or ‘Anti-Science’ Pro-Life - DarwinCatholic, The American Catholic

Medical Experts Blast Claim that Nuns Need Contraception - Michelle Bauman, Catholic News Agency

A Gay Reader Writes. . . - Marc Barnes, Patheos/Bad Catholic

Mary Graw Leary on Sexual Abuse & Moral Indifference - Robert George, Mirror of Justice

France: Catholic Protest Grows against Theatre of...READ MORE

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Christmas War: Ways We Win (2694)

User's Guide to Sunday, Dec. 11. From our Dec. 4 issue.

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– Shutterstock

Sunday, Dec. 11, is the Third Sunday of Advent, Gaudete Sunday (Year B, Cycle II).


Isaiah 61:1-2, 10-11; Psalm: Luke 1:46-48, 49-50, 53-54; 1 Thessalonians 5:16-24; John 1:6-8, 19-28

Our Take

Each Third Sunday of Advent is Gaudete Sunday, “Rejoice” Sunday. It is time for the priest to wear rose vestments and for us to pause in Advent to celebrate.

One thing to celebrate: Jesus has already won the “war on Christmas,” the yearly struggle with the secularization of Christmas. Here are a few ways to rejoice in his victory:

When they say “Happy holidays!” say, “Thanks. I celebrate all the holy days!”

“Holidays” is simply a form of “holy days.” If someone thinks they are being less religious...READ MORE

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