Monthly Archives: December 2008

A few changes for the pope’s midnight Mass

VATICAN CITY — Like anyone preparing a traditional Christmas celebration, the pope’s master of liturgical ceremonies said he wants the venerable, tried and true elements to speak to people’s hearts as if they were brand new. On Monday Msgr. Guido … Continue reading

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“Merry Christmas” in Chinese

  VATICAN CITY — Every year, Vatican Radio offers Chinese Catholics around the world two special broadcasts of midnight Mass on Christmas Day. First it will air live over shortwave and the Internet Mass from the radio’s chapel at 7 p.m. Rome time, which … Continue reading

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Need last-minute ideas for Christmas gifts?

Here’s one: How about the gift of service? Even when people do not have “the economic means” to give to others, “every one of us has the ability to pray and find a way to be of service,” said Detroit … Continue reading

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Word to Life: Christ’s coming calls us to hope

More Word to Life columns. (Dec. 21, Fourth Sunday of Advent) Cycle B Readings: 1) 2 Samuel 7:1-5, 8b-12, 14a, 16 Psalm 89:2-5, 27, 29 2) Romans 16:25-27 Gospel: Luke 1:26-38  – – – By Sharon K. Perkins Catholic News … Continue reading

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More on Texas hospitals and sterilizations

The controversy over sterilizations at a Catholic hospital system in the Diocese of  Tyler, Texas, continues. As we reported in November, Bishop Alvaro Corrada of Tyler said an investigation in the diocese — following up on a inquiry started by … Continue reading

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A million ‘Know Your Rights’ cards

As the Minnesota bishops were announcing Immigration Sunday for Jan. 4 in the state, a group of church and immigrant-rights organizations in the Los Angeles area are distributing 1 million “Know Your Rights” cards this week to immigrants who live … Continue reading

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A history of helping find ‘a dignified home’

As the housing crunch continues, the efforts of Catholic charitable agencies to help those affected have been documented in this CNS story and this one. But the church is no Johnny-come-lately to the cause of finding “a dignified home” for everyone, as evidenced by this … Continue reading

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