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The Spirit of Jesus: Religious Community Serves Special Children in Christ’s Birthplace

BETHLEHEM, West Bank — Christmas is a very special time in this West Bank town, the birthplace of Jesus. Pilgrims flock to Manger Square, where a Christmas tree towers over the annual holiday market and hand-carved olivewood Nativity scenes grace...

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Sainthood Cause Advances for Mother Mary Lange, Educator Who Fought Racism

BALTIMORE, Md. — In the race to see who will become the first canonized black American saint, one candidate’s cause has advanced: Mother Mary Lange, a renowned educator and founder of the Oblate Sisters of Providence, the first community of...

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Mexico's Nuncio Offers His Email Address for Abuse Reports

MEXICO CITY, Mexico — The apostolic nuncio in Mexico, Archbishop Franco Coppola, has said that anyone who wants to report sexual abuse by the country’s clergy is free to email him, and he will try to help. Speaking with ACI Prensa, CNA's Spanish...

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China Punishes Families of Those Who Speak Out in America, Congress Hears

WASHINGTON, D.C. — A Uighur-American whose mother has been held captive in a Chinese detention camp was one of several witnesses to testify on Tuesday before the House Committee on Foreign Affairs on the unfolding human rights crisis in...

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Cardinal Tagle: Evangelization Begins with Listening

QUEZON CITY, Philippines — Listening is the first step in evangelization, the newly-appointed prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples said Tuesday in Quezon City. “Evangelization is communication. God is a God who...

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Peoria Bishop Jenky Announces Novena for Venerable Sheen's Sainthood Cause

PEORIA, Ill. — Bishop Daniel Jenky of Peoria is inviting the faithful to pray a novena beginning Dec. 12 to "petition God unceasingly" that Archbishop Fulton Sheen’s sainthood cause may move forward. Venerable Sheen, a beloved American...

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Tangled Web of Transactions Utilized to Fund Bankrupt Italian Hospital

VATICAN CITY — Using costly methods that appear deceptive, Vatican officials diverted 50 million euros belonging to the Bambino Gesù children’s hospital in Rome to guarantee a loan for the same amount to a bankrupt Italian dermatology hospital in...

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‘This is Francis:’ A Vatican Photographer’s Call from the Pope

VATICAN CITY — Imagine that your cell phone rings, and the display says the call is from a “private number.” You expect it to be a telemarketer. But instead, when you answer, you hear a man with an Argentine accent say: “This is Francis. I...

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Two Guards Injured in an Attack at Washington Basilica

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Police have ended a standoff with a suspect after an attack at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception left two people injured. Two security guards at the shrine are reportedly “conscious and...

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In Scandalized Buffalo Diocese, Bishop Seeks Victims’ Voices

BUFFALO, N.Y. — Efforts to recover from clergy sex abuse scandals in Buffalo require listing to victims and others affected by the diocese’s handling of abuse, the apostolic administrator of the Buffalo diocese Bishop Edward Scharfenberger has...