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New Haven Police and Knights of Columbus Partner to Give Warmth – One Kid at a Time

News from the Knights of Columbus - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 00:00
The Knights of Columbus is expanding on its successful Coats for Kids program by teaming up with the New Haven Police Department, providing officers with coats to distribute as they encounter children and families in need.

New Haven Police and Knights of Columbus Partner to Give Warmth – One Kid at a Time

News from the Knights of Columbus - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 00:00
The Knights of Columbus is expanding on its successful Coats for Kids program by teaming up with the New Haven Police Department, providing officers with coats to distribute as they encounter children and families in need.

German bishops ready to change policy, allow divorced/remarried and homosexual employees

Catholic News - Tue, 12/16/2014 - 17:54
The Catholic bishops of Germany will soon approve a change in policy allowing people in irregular marital arrangements to work for Church agencies, reports Edward Pentin in the National ...

Catholic relief agency in Jordan strains to help Iraqi Christian refugees

Catholic News - Tue, 12/16/2014 - 17:45
The Catholic relief agency Caritas Jordan has warned that it will soon run out of supplies to serve 7,000 Christian refugees from Iraq, the Fides news agency reports. Wael Suleiman, the ...

Olympic competition on Vatican grounds?

Catholic News - Tue, 12/16/2014 - 17:39
Cardinal Jose Saraiva Martins has suggested some Olympic events could be held at the Vatican if Rome wins a bid to host the Olympic Games in 2024. The Portuguese cardinal, who is now ...

Would-be assassin wants to visit tomb of St. John Paul II

Catholic News - Tue, 12/16/2014 - 17:33
Mehmet Ali Agca, the Turkish gunman who shot and wounded St. John Paul II in 1981, now says that he wants to visit the grave of the late Pontiff. Agca, who spent 19 years in Italian ...

Critic protests renovations at Chartres cathedral

Catholic News - Tue, 12/16/2014 - 17:30
Writing in the New York Review of Books, Martin Filler laments a renovation project already underway in the cathedral of Chartres, in which the interior walls are being painted in "bright ...

Indian archbishop worried by rumors about Christmas school days, mass conversions

Catholic News - Tue, 12/16/2014 - 17:25
Archbishop Anil J. T. Couto of Delhi has voiced concern over reports that schools will be open on Christmas Day. The archbishop decried reports that Hindu militants plan a ceremony for ...

Vatican report on US women religious calls for further self-assessment

Catholic News - Tue, 12/16/2014 - 07:03
Expressing "profound gratitude" for the "dedicated and selfless service of women religious," the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life has issued ...

Ukrainian Catholic leader: the Pope is on Ukraine's side

Catholic News - Tue, 12/16/2014 - 05:50
At a recent prayer vigil, the head of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church (UGCC), an Eastern-rite church in full communion with the Holy See, said that "the Pope is on the side of Ukraine ...

Pope receives leader of Bosnia and Herzegovina

Catholic News - Tue, 12/16/2014 - 05:42
Pope Francis received Dragan Covic, the Croat member of the Presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina, at the Apostolic Palace on December 15. Covic also met with Cardinal Pietro Parolin, the ...

Catholic group laments �weak' results of Lima climate conference

Catholic News - Tue, 12/16/2014 - 05:29
Stating that the world is now poised for "4-degree warming," an alliance of 17 Catholic development agencies strongly criticized the "weak" results of a major climate conference in ...

Heightened security at Nigerian churches

Catholic News - Tue, 12/16/2014 - 05:05
Churches in Nigeria have heightened their security in response to the continued terrorist activity of the Islamist militant organization Boko Haram. In Kano, a city of 2.1 million in ...

Tuesday, December 16, 2014 Daily Mass Reading

Bible: Daily Readings Audio USCCB - Tue, 12/16/2014 - 05:00
Daily Mass Readings from the Catholic Lectionary, based on the New American Bible and approved for use in the United States of America.

You can also read Daily Readings and view Daily Reflections by visiting www.usccb.org/bible/readings/

Pope laments rigidity, praises Pius XII for mitigating Eucharistic fast

Catholic News - Tue, 12/16/2014 - 04:52
In his December 15 homily at Domus Sanctae Marthae, Pope Francis decried the rigidity and lack of principle of the chief priests in the day's Gospel reading (Mt. 21:23-27) and praised ...

INTO THE DUMPSTER - One Bread, One Body, Dec 16, 2014

Zephaniah 3:1-2, 9-13 | Psalm 34:2-3, 6-7, 17-19, 23 | Matthew 21:28-32

"The lowly will hear me and be glad." —Psalm 34:3

Throughout much of our lives, many of us develop the illusion that we are naturally good-hearted, loving, and kind people. We pretend that about all we want out of life is to help people. Although various circumstances in our lives seem to ... More

Silver Rose Presented to the Pope

News from the Knights of Columbus - Tue, 12/16/2014 - 00:00
At the conclusion of a special Mass celebrated by Pope Francis in St. Peter’s Basilica to mark the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, Msgr.

Inaccurate prenatal tests prompt more abortions, study shows

Catholic News - Mon, 12/15/2014 - 14:39
Prenatal screening for fetal abnormalities is prompting many women to abortion their children, even though the test results are unreliable, the Boston Globe reports. The New England ...
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