No dispensation for this year’s Christmas Mass on Monday

Although Christmas this year is the day after the fourth Sunday of Advent, Catholics looking to count a Sunday evening Mass Dec. 24 for both that Sunday obligation and Monday’s Christmas Mass obligation will have to think again.

Pope: Superficiality, hypocrisy cause division between heart and mind

The wisdom of the church fathers regarding the interior life of the person, often split between outward success and inner emptiness, continues to be a relevant subject today, Pope Francis said.

Wars, violent conflicts main drivers of human trafficking, says nuncio

As long as wars and conflicts rage, “trafficking in persons for sexual exploitation, forced labor and similar crimes will continue to flourish,” said the Vatican’s nuncio to the United Nations.

Strong net neutrality protections called critical to faith community

The chairman of the U.S. bishops’ Committee on Communications has urged the Trump administration to keep current net neutrality rules in place because an open internet, he said, is critical to the nation’s faith communities and how they interact with their members.

‘Future of church in good hands,’ says Archbishop Gomez

When Indianapolis Archbishop Charles C. Thompson thanked Los Angeles Archbishop Jose H. Gomez for celebrating the Nov. 18 closing Mass of the National Catholic Youth Conference, a cheer broke out from the Los Angeles youths in attendance.

Abortion, assisted suicide are pro-life focus, says cardinal

Assisted suicide and abortion remain the focus of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee on Pro-Life Activities, according to Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan of New York, the committee chairman.

Bishops to put together pastoral plan for marriage, family life ministry

U.S. Catholic bishops acknowledged that Catholic families and married couples need more support from the church at large and hope to offer it by giving parishes plenty of resources through a pastoral plan for marriage and family life.

Patron saint of journalists, drug addicts, prisoners, families and the pro-life movement

St. Maximilian Mary Kolbe lived a life of sacrifice. He was born as Raymund Kolbe in the Kingdom of Poland on Jan. 8, 1894.

World War II, Korea and Vietnam War veterans greeted with hero’s welcome

As the orange glow of sunrise breached the horizon at Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport, waiting travelers watched a Southwest Airlines jet taxi beneath a water cannon salute from the airport’s fire department.

War brings only death, cruelty, pope says at U.S. military cemetery

“No more, Lord, no more (war)” that shatters dreams and destroys lives, bringing a cold, cruel winter instead of some sought-after spring, Pope Francis said looking out at the people gathered for an outdoor Mass at a U.S. war memorial and cemetery.

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