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Joy and peace prevail where Jesus reigns

Second Sunday of Advent Luke 3:1-6 The Book of Baruch, the source of this Advent’s weekend first biblical reading, is relatively brief, only five chapters. It also is among the […]

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Sisters sing at National Christmas Tree Lighting

WASHINGTON (CNS) — To hear the voices of the Dominican Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist from Michigan in Washington, the best bet was to listen to them sing […]

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News Briefs: December 9, 2018

Forum explores alternatives to use of fetal tissue in medical research WASHINGTON (CNS) — Alternatives to the use of fetal tissue from abortions are already plentiful, asserted one speaker at […]

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Weekly schedule of Bishop Kevin C. Rhoades

Sunday, December 9: 8:30 p.m. — Mass, St. Francis Chapel, University of Saint Francis Monday, December 10: 6:30 p.m. — Meeting of World Youth Day Pilgrims, St. Francis Xavier Parish Hall, Pierceton Tuesday, […]

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Perspective

On the loss of faith as a cause of our current crisis

In the Liturgy of the Hours last week, we read a remarkable (sic) attributed to St. Macarius, a bishop of the early Church. I marvel at its vivid imagery, and […]

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Pope Benedict XVI’s thoughts on Christmas

These quotes and reflections from the Holy Father, Pope Benedict XVI, are excerpted from “Christmas: Pope Benedict XVI Spiritual Thoughts Series.” Presence Advent, this powerful liturgical season that we are […]

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Canadian Church using new French translation of Our Father

By Philippe Vaillancourt QUEBEC CITY (CNS) — French-speaking Canadians will begin using a new translation of the Our Father Dec. 2. The passage “lead us not into temptation” — that formerly […]

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Advent is time of vigilance and prayer, pope says

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Christians can turn Christmas into a “pagan” or “mundane” holiday by focusing on the gifts and the tree rather than on the birth of Jesus and […]

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Bishop's Column: In Truth and Charity

O Mary, Conceived without Sin, Pray for Us Who Have Recourse to Thee

The following is a portion of a homily delivered by Bishop Rhoades at the annual Mass for the St. Vincent de Paul Society of South Bend on Nov. 27. Today […]

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A more human society

Inspiration from the comics

“America is in mourning. Deep, deep mourning for a man who inspired millions to, I don’t know, watch a movie, I guess.” Thus wrote political humorist Bill Maher on the […]

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Perspective

Managing grief during the holidays

It’s sometimes hard to face reality, especially when reality includes difficult, dark emotions we aren’t used to feeling. Grief often crashes upon our hearts in uncomfortable waves, seemingly out of […]

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Finding peace in the sanctuary of the heart – ‘Meditations for Advent’

Once a well-known and highly sought-after French philosopher and theologian, Father Jacques-Bénigne Bossuet has become a name unfamiliar to most. In the late 15th century, Father Bossuet memorized the Scriptures […]