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Sri Lanka: Church leaders fear political exploitation of January papal visit

Catholic News - Thu, 12/04/2014 - 14:11
Some Christian leaders in Sri Lanka are asking Pope Francis to postpone his scheduled visit to their country in January, fearful that the Pope's presence will be exploited to promote the ...

Families are crucial to society, Holy See diplomat emphasizes at UN

Catholic News - Thu, 12/04/2014 - 06:58
The Permanent Observer of the Holy See to the United Nations emphasized the importance of the family to society in a December 3 statement. "The Holy See hopes that this meeting will ...

Pope meets with Mozambique's president

Catholic News - Thu, 12/04/2014 - 06:46
Pope Francis met with President Armando Guebuza of Mozambique in the Apostolic Palace on December 4. Guebuza, once a young general in the movement that ended Portuguese colonial rule in ...

Patriarch calls for warmer US-Russian relations

Catholic News - Thu, 12/04/2014 - 06:02
The head of the Russian Orthodox Church met with the US ambassador to Russia on November 28 and called for warmer US-Russian relations. "We are experiencing not the best period in the ...

Biden meets with Ukrainian Catholic leader

Catholic News - Thu, 12/04/2014 - 05:57
Vice President Joe Biden traveled recently to Ukraine to mark the first anniversary of Euromaidan, the wave of protests that led to the ouster of a pro-Russian President Viktor ...

Islamic State consolidates power

Catholic News - Thu, 12/04/2014 - 05:46
Despite US air attacks, the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant has consolidated its control over a large area in recent months. The Sunni jihadist group now controls over one-third of ...

Majority of Muslims welcome Pope's gestures, says Muslim leader

Catholic News - Thu, 12/04/2014 - 05:36
Omar Abboud, the former secretary general of the Islamic Center of Argentina, said in a front-page L'Osservatore Romano article that the Pope's decision to face Mecca while praying ...

Results of apostolic visitation of US nuns to be released this month

Catholic News - Thu, 12/04/2014 - 05:12
The final report of the apostolic visitation of institutes of women religious in the United States will be released on December 16. The visitation was instituted in 2008 by Cardinal ...

Thursday, December 4, 2014 Daily Mass Reading

Bible: Daily Readings Audio USCCB - Thu, 12/04/2014 - 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/

EXTREME HEART MAKEOVER - One Bread, One Body, Dec 4, 2014

St. John of Damascus
Isaiah 26:1-6 | Psalm 118:1, 8-9, 19-21, 25-27 | Matthew 7:21, 24-27

"Trust in the Lord forever!" —Isaiah 26:4

Advent is a time to prepare our hearts for the coming of Jesus at Christmas. Just as a mother has nine months to prepare her home for the arrival of her baby, so we have four weeks to prepare the way of the Lord in our life. A litmus test for ... More

Knights Help Feed Those in Need

News from the Knights of Columbus - Thu, 12/04/2014 - 00:00
Hunger knows no season. As many family and friends gather over tables laden with food during the holidays, there are countless others who go hungry. Fortunately, the members and employees of the Knights of Columbus focus their outreach on parish food pantries, community food banks and soup kitchens to help meet these needs.

Pope to replace head of Swiss Guards

Catholic News - Wed, 12/03/2014 - 16:02
The Vatican has announced that Colonel Daniel Anrig, the commandant of the Swiss Guards, will resign at the end of January 2015. Colonel Anrig, who took over the leadership of the Swiss ...

Irish bishops' statement affirms Christian meaning of marriage

Catholic News - Wed, 12/03/2014 - 15:30
In a statement entitled The Meaning of Marriage, the Catholic bishops of Ireland have warned that "to redefine the nature of marriage would be to undermine it as the fundamental building ...

New 'popemobile' planned for papal visit to Philippines

Catholic News - Wed, 12/03/2014 - 15:24
A new "popemobile" is being designed to transport Pope Francis when he visits the Philippines in January, organizers of the papal trip have announced. Pope Francis has insisted on ...

Cardinal Zen, 'Occupy' leaders end civil-disobedience campaign in Hong Kong

Catholic News - Wed, 12/03/2014 - 15:19
Cardinal Joseph Zen and three other leaders of the "Occupy" movement surrendered to police in Hong Kong on December 3, the AsiaNews service report. They were not arrested, by released ...

Poll finds broad support for separating religious and civil marriage ceremonies

Catholic News - Wed, 12/03/2014 - 15:12
Nearly half of all Americans believe that church weddings "should not be connected to the state's definition and recognition of marriage," according to a new poll by LifeWay ...

Abuse victims rap Milwaukee archdiocese for handling of compensation claims

Catholic News - Wed, 12/03/2014 - 15:05
Three priests of the Milwaukee archdiocese have joined groups representing sex-abuse victims in an open letter asking Pope Francis to investigate the archdiocesan handling of compensation ...

Dublin's archbishop opens church properties to shelter homeless

Catholic News - Wed, 12/03/2014 - 14:56
Reacting quickly to the death of a homeless man whose body was discovered in a doorway in Dublin, Archbishop Diarmuid Martin has offered to make diocesan buildings available as temporary ...

Archbishop Fisher: don't expect dramatic changes from Synod

Catholic News - Wed, 12/03/2014 - 14:51
Archbishop Anthony Fisher has added his name to the list of prelates reassuring Catholics that the Synod of Bishops will not make any dramatic change in Church teaching on marriage. ...

Secretariat for the Economy discovers 'hundreds of millions' of off-budget transactions at Vatican

Catholic News - Wed, 12/03/2014 - 14:40
The Vatican's new Secretariat for the Economy has discovered that "hundreds of millions of euros" were not included on financial reports, Cardinal George Pell reports in an article for the ...
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