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Palestinian Christians Hail U.N. Resolution (2432)

Holy See urges Israelis and Palestinians to work to recognize the legitimate aspirations of both peoples.

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JERUSALEM — Palestinian Christians and Church officials have welcomed the United Nations’ Nov. 29 resolution to upgrade the Palestinians’ status to that of a non-member state.

The vote occurred exactly 65 years after the United Nations voted to establish one Jewish and one Palestine state in what was then called Palestine. While Israel accepted U.N. Resolution 181, Arab nations rejected it and tried to destroy Israel. During the war, hundreds of thousands of Arab Palestinians became refugees.

The Holy See, which also has non-member state status with the United Nations, said the vote “should be placed within the context of the efforts of giving a definitive solution, with the support...READ MORE

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Vatican Judges Find Computer Tech's Testimony Not Credible (2231)

The computer technician was convicted last month of aiding and abetting Pope Benedict XVI’s former butler, Paolo Gabriele, in his theft of sensitive documents.

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VATICAN CITY — The Vatican court said in a detailed sentence issued Dec. 1 that the testimony given by computer technician Claudio Sciarpelletti was neither “credible” nor “truthful.”

The court found the computer technician guilty of aiding and abetting the former butler to Pope Benedict XVI, Paolo Gabriele, in his theft of sensitive documents.

The sentence was handed down Nov. 10 and was filed Dec. 1 as the final installment of the “Vatileaks” saga. It is not unusual for Italian courts to deposit sentences weeks after the handing down of a verdict.

Sciarpelletti was originally sentenced to four months in prison, but his sentence was reduced two months due to extenuating...READ MORE

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Archbishop Tobin Asks Catholics to Evangelize With Passion (2641)

At his installation Mass, the new archbishop of Indianapolis calls on Catholics to live the Gospel as a personal encounter with Jesus.

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INDIANAPOLIS — Archbishop Joseph William Tobin was installed as the sixth archbishop of Indianapolis on Monday, calling on Catholics to live the Gospel as a personal encounter with Jesus.

“What we will do together as a Church we will do with passion, the passion that characterized our patron, St. Francis Xavier,” he said at the Dec. 3 installation Mass at Indianapolis’ Cathedral of Sts. Peter and Paul.

“We will do whatever the Lord asks us to do in bringing the Good News, especially to those who have the least chance of doing it, for those who live on the margin of things, for those who have been hurt by the Church, for those who feel themselves to be forgotten,” Archbishop Tobin told...READ MORE

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Two Mass Obligations Means Two Masses But, Promoting the Angelus as an Advent Devotion and More! (1552)

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Two Mass Obligations Means Two Masses But. Follow the link by Canon Lawyer Dr. Ed Peters to read more.

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Pope Benedict XVI Takes to Twitter (3720)

More than 200,000 have signed on to follow @Pontifex, the Holy Father’s handle. His first official 'tweet' will be Dec. 12.

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VATICAN CITY — Pope Benedict XVI’s own personal Twitter account has been created to help the Church directly engage with believers and nonbelievers and to encourage the faithful already using and considering using new social media, the Vatican said Dec. 3.

The Pope’s new Twitter handle is @Pontifex, the Vatican announced today, adding that he will be penning his first tweet from that account during his weekly general audience on the feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe Dec. 12.

Until then, Twitter users can also ask the Holy Father questions on matters of faith, using the #askpontifex handle. The Pope is then expected to reply personally to a selected number of questions.

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Pope Calls on Bishops to Run Charities Better (2425)

In a new apostolic letter, the Holy Father asks bishops to improve their supervision of local charities and ensure that these groups’ work does not contradict Catholic teaching.

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VATICAN CITY — Pope Benedict XVI has released an apostolic letter on charitable activities that asks bishops to improve their supervision of local charities and ensure that these groups’ work does not contradict Catholic teaching.

The Pope’s six-page letter, released Nov. 1, notes the duty of the diocesan bishops and parish priests to see that in charitable service the faithful “are not led into error or misunderstanding.”

Bishops and parish priests “are to prevent publicity being given through parish or diocesan structures to initiatives which, while presenting themselves as charitable, propose choices or methods at odds with the Church’s teaching,” he said.

The Pope’s motu proprio...READ MORE

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Parishes in Queens Remain Ravaged by Hurricane Sandy (2209)

Catholics display faith and generosity as they struggle to get through the storm’s devastating aftermath.

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A destroyed building is shown Nov. 27 in the heavily damaged Rockaway neighborhood in the Queens borough of New York City.

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BROOKLYN, N.Y — The faith and generosity that Catholics in the borough of Queens are displaying as they struggle to get through the devastating aftermath of Hurricane Sandy are an inspiration to Father Richard Ahlemeyer.

St. Camillus and St. Virgilius parishes are in the Rockaway area of Queens in New York City, and they are among the worst- affected parishes in the Diocese of Brooklyn. The faithful there, however, are rising to the challenge brought to them by Providence.

“I’m humbled by the faith of the people, by the generosity of the people and by the spirit of the people, even in the face of such great adversity,” Father Ahlemeyer, pastor of the two parishes, told Catholic News...READ MORE

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Dramatization of St. Anthony’s Life Inaugurates Year of Faith in India (1909)

With assistance from a world-record-size cast of actors, a porter in a local rice market stages an epic play at a soccer stadium in the southern Indian state of Kerala.

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A scene from ‘Morocasa’ in Thrissur, India.

THRISSUR, India — The staging of a historic drama on the life of St. Anthony of Padua, enacted by more than 3,000 actors, marked the inauguration of the Church’s Year of Faith in this city in the southern Indian state of Kerala.

There is a large Christian minority in Kerala, comprising approximately 20% of the state’s 33 million residents.

The three-hour Year of Faith drama, Morocasa (The Sacrifice of Morocco), re-enacting the life of St. Anthony in the milieu of 13th-century Morocco, was staged over the first weekend of November.

All four performances were held in a temporary hall, with a seating capacity of 5,000, erected at a soccer stadium in the heart of Thrissur. By the final...READ MORE

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