Says way disabled treated shows belief about dignity

WASHINGTON (CNS) — Every child and adult with special needs, every unwanted unborn child and every person who is “poor, weak, abandoned or homeless” is “an icon of God’s face and a vessel of his love,” said Philadelphia Archbishop Charles J. Chaput. “How we treat these persons — whether we revere them and welcome them, […]

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Pope: Silence key ingredient to meaninful communication

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Amid the deluge of information and nonstop chatter in today’s media, the church needs to help people find safe havens of silence, Pope Benedict XVI said. Far from being the enemy of calm and quiet, social media and the Internet can lead people to virtual sanctuaries that offer silent reflection, thoughtful […]

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Pope names 22 new cardinals, including three North Americans

Photo Caption: Cardinals’ red hats are pictured as Pope Benedict XVI celebrates Mass marking the feast of the Epiphany in St. Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican Jan. 6. By: By Francis X. Rocca, Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Pope Benedict XVI named 22 new cardinals, including two from the United States, and announced […]

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Mexican tour of Blessed John Paul II relics a success

MEXICO CITY (CNS) — The Mexican bishops’ conference declared a nationwide tour of relics of Blessed John Paul II a “total success” as an estimated 27 million Catholics came to venerate the items — including a vial of the late pontiff’s blood — and pray for peace in Mexico. Bishops’ spokesman Father Manuel Corral told […]

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Midnight Masses in Iraq cancelled for security concerns

LONDON (CNS) — Chaldean Catholic officials have canceled traditional Christmas Eve midnight Masses because of security risks. Chaldean Archbishop Louis Sako of Kirkuk in northern Iraq told the agency Aid to the Church in Need that Christians will spend Christmas in “great fear” because of the risk of new attacks. All services and Masses have […]

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Patriarch’s Christmas message offers Middle East hope

JERUSALEM (CNS) — Amid continuing turmoil in the Middle East, Latin Patriarch Fouad Twal of Jerusalem sent a message of hope and support to Christians of the region. “It is a very difficult situation. We have to support them. They must not lose hope,” the patriarch said at a Dec. 21 news conference where he […]

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Obama said seeking balance on contraceptive coverage, beliefs

WASHINGTON (CNS) — A White House spokesman said the Obama administration is working to “strike the right balance between expanding coverage of preventive services and respecting religious beliefs” as it decides on a religious exemption to the mandate that all health plans cover contraceptives and sterilizations by Jan. 1, 2013. “This decision has not yet […]

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