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8 sainthood causes advance

Catholic News - Tue, 12/09/2014 - 05:04
In an audience with the prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints on December 6, Pope Francis cleared the way for the canonization of three religious sisters by approving ...

Tuesday, December 9, 2014 Daily Mass Reading

Bible: Daily Readings Audio USCCB - Tue, 12/09/2014 - 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/

French cardinal brings papal message of support to Iraq's Christians

Catholic News - Tue, 12/09/2014 - 04:36
As Cardinal Philippe Barbarin of Lyon visited Christians in Iraq on December 6, Pope Francis said in a video message that their experience was akin to martyrdom. Cardinal Barbarin ...

Papal condolences following death of Belgian queen

Catholic News - Tue, 12/09/2014 - 04:15
Pope Francis sent a telegram of condolence to King Philippe of Belgium following the death of his aunt, Queen Fabiola, on December 6 at the age of 86. The Pontiff referred to the queen ...

Holy See diplomat laments Ukraine conflict, violations of religious freedom

Catholic News - Tue, 12/09/2014 - 04:02
In a statement addressed to the annual meeting of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), which took place from December 4-5, a leading Holy See diplomat deplored ...

COMFORT ZONE - One Bread, One Body, Dec 9, 2014

St. Juan Diego
Isaiah 40:1-11 | Psalm 96:1-3, 10-13 | Matthew 18:12-14

"Comfort, give comfort to My people, says your God." —Isaiah 40:1

The Lord commanded His heavenly court to give comfort to His people on earth. This "comfort" does not mean feeling good and indulging in "creature comforts," but being freed from slavery to a pleasure-seeking lifestyle (see Is 40:2). God's ... More

CWN closed for Immaculate Conception

Catholic News - Mon, 12/08/2014 - 11:51
The editorial offices of Catholic World News are closed on December 8, so that our staff can celebrate the feast of the Immaculate Conception. Barring unforesoon events, no headlines ...

Monday, December 8, 2014 Daily Mass Reading

Bible: Daily Readings Audio USCCB - Mon, 12/08/2014 - 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/

GOD'S WORTHY VESSEL - One Bread, One Body, Dec 8, 2014

Immaculate Conception
Genesis 3:9-15, 20 | Ephesians 1:3-6, 11-12 | Psalm 98:1-4 | Luke 1:26-38

"...to be holy and blameless in His sight..." —Ephesians 1:4

Picture a Thanksgiving supper. There are many leftovers and you are ready to store them in the refrigerator. Of course, you will put the leftovers in clean containers, so the food will not spoil. Who could imagine putting the leftovers in ... More

Novena of Mary, "The Mother of Forgiveness"

It is absolutely necessary for us to accept God's grace to forgive immediately after we have been sinned against. Because we can be sinned against 70 x 7 (Mt 18:22), we usually need to forgive very frequently. Therefore, any time is a good time to pray this novena.

Sunday, December 7, 2014 Daily Mass Reading

Bible: Daily Readings Audio USCCB - Sun, 12/07/2014 - 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/

CHRISTMAS COMFORT - One Bread, One Body, Dec 7, 2014

Second Sunday of Advent
Isaiah 40:1-5, 9-11 | 2 Peter 3:8-14 | Psalm 85:9-14 | Mark 1:1-8

"Comfort, give comfort to My people, says your God. Speak tenderly." —Isaiah 40:1-2

The Lord promises to comfort and speak tenderly to us. In the second reading, the Church proclaims in the name of the Lord that "the heavens will vanish with a roar; the elements will be destroyed by fire" (2 Pt 3:10). How comforting! In the ... More

Saturday, December 6, 2014 Daily Mass Reading

Bible: Daily Readings Audio USCCB - Sat, 12/06/2014 - 03:00
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/

Church Fathers: St. Ignatius of Antioch

Catholic Commentary - Sat, 12/06/2014 - 00:38

Tradition has it that the church at Antioch was founded by St. Peter himself, who served as its bishop for seven years before moving on to found the church at Rome. (Robert Spencer writes that “Gregory III Laham, the Melkite Greek Catholic Patriarch of Antioch, has joked that if the Apostle Peter had just stayed put, he himself would be the earthly head of the Catholic Church today.”)

WORKING ON CHRISTMAS - One Bread, One Body, Dec 6, 2014

St. Nicholas
Isaiah 30:19-21, 23-26 | Psalm 147:1-6 | Matthew 9:35—10:1, 5-8

"The harvest is good but laborers are scarce." —Matthew 9:37

Several billion people don't know the Christ of Christmas. They don't know He loves them so much that He died on the cross for them. They don't know that He intends to raise them from the dead. There are so many people who have not heard the ... More

Cardinal Tauran notes significant step forward in talks with Muslim leaders

Catholic News - Fri, 12/05/2014 - 16:17
The president of the Pontifical Council for Inter-Religious Dialogue said that he saw new signs of progress in talks with Islamic leaders, after a meeting this week in Rome. Cardinal ...

Papal encouragement for joint effort by bishops, police chiefs to combat human trafficking

Catholic News - Fri, 12/05/2014 - 15:47
Pope Francis has sent a message of support to an international group working to curb human trafficking. The Santa Marta group, which includes police chiefs and Catholic bishops, draws ...

Cardinal Pell moves into former office of Vatican bank president

Catholic News - Fri, 12/05/2014 - 15:43
Cardinal George Pell, the prefect of the Secretariat for the Economy, has moved into the office formerly occupied by the president of the Vatican bank, the Institute for Religious Works ...

Marriage is the only institution that protects children, Irish columnist argues

Catholic News - Fri, 12/05/2014 - 13:29
Writing in The Independent about the recent Vatican conference on the complementarity of men and women, Irish columnist David Quinn emphasizes that the institution of marriage is distinct ...

After canonizations, dozens of pilgrims from India remain in Rome, probably seeking work

Catholic News - Fri, 12/05/2014 - 13:15
At least 60 pilgrims from India who traveled to Rome for the November 23 canonization of two Indian saints have not returned home and are believed to be seeking employment in ...
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