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Text of Pope Francis’ homily at Christmas Mass

VATICAN CITY — Here is the English translation of Pope Francis’ homily at Christmas Mass Dec. 24 in St. Peter’s Basilica: “The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; those who dwelt in a land of deep … Continue reading

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Remembering murdered Jesuit confrere, pope appeals for peace in Syria

UPDATE: Full story on the pope’s remarks and more. VATICAN CITY — Here is our translation of Pope Francis’ remarks today about the murder of Jesuit Father Frans van der Lugt and the continuing war in Syria: Monday in Homs, … Continue reading

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Vatican panel’s document on role of theologians, bishops available here

In the new issue of Origins, the CNS documentary service, the International Theological Commission, an advisory body to the Vatican Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, says theologians and bishops have distinct but complementary roles in teaching the Catholic … Continue reading

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Vatican lawyer on plaintiffs’ decision to abandon 2010 Murphy sex abuse lawsuit

UPDATE: Sex abuse lawsuit against Vatican withdrawn ROME — Jeffrey S. Lena, an American attorney for the Holy See, announced today that the plaintiffs in a 2010 federal lawsuit against the Vatican regarding Father Lawrence Murphy, who sexually abused students at … Continue reading

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Second statement by bishops on HHS mandate calls for its total rescission

In a new statement tonight on President Obama’s noontime announcement of a new plan for mandatory contraceptive coverage in health insurance plans, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops said the “only complete solution” to the religious liberty implications of the insurance … Continue reading

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Bishops respond to Obama announcement on contraceptive mandate

UPDATE: Full news release. SECOND UPDATE: Second statement by bishops on HHS mandate calls for its total rescission The following statement was just issued by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops: The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) sees initial … Continue reading

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Bishops criticize court ruling on same-sex marriage

Both the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops and the California Catholic Conference issued statements this afternoon criticizing the federal appeals court ruling  striking down the California ban on same-sex marriage. The USCCB news release: WASHINGTON—Cardinal-designate Timothy Dolan, president of the … Continue reading

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