Monthly Archives: December 2013

Chanting a Christmas countdown

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis gave a plug for the “O Antiphons” in his homily today, urging people to recite these beautiful expressions of longing for the coming of the Messiah. He said these prayers get people in the right … Continue reading

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Banana bark provides raw material for greeting cards crafted in Haiti

In the hands of Haitians, dried pieces of banana bark form the words “Hope,” “Love,” “Joy,” “Peace” and “Noel” for Christmas and all-occasion cards. The card-making is a project of Food for the Poor’s banana bark program. Each year the … Continue reading

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Notes on peace and justice

Witness Against Torture returns to Washington Members of Witness Against Torture will return to Washington Jan 6-13 for a weeklong liquids-only fast in their effort to push President Barack Obama to close the U.S. prison in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, where … Continue reading

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Good Morning Vatican: a televised tour for armchair travelers

VATICAN CITY — Would you like to see inside St. Peter’s Basilica, the apostolic palace and follow the Wednesday general audience in St. Peter’s Square? And how about going behind-the-scenes to see the Swiss Guard and hear the Sistine Chapel … Continue reading

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Taking it to the street: the pope’s birthday party guest list

VATICAN CITY — We know from the pope’s sister that Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio would skip family dinners and picnics to spend special days, like Sundays and holidays, with the poor. Now as Pope Francis, he started his own special day … Continue reading

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What’s on the pope’s birthday wish list?

Update: Check out the online photo album the Vatican Internet office created for the pope’s birthday. VATICAN CITY — Don’t know what to give the pope for his 77th birthday tomorrow? Why not the very thing he always asks for … Continue reading

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Quiet remembrance of Sandy Hook tragedy

There will not be exhaustive news coverage Dec. 14 on the one-year anniversary of the tragic shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. That’s because Newtown’s First Selectman Pat Llodra specifically asked the media to stay away and … Continue reading

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