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Sunday, December 21, 2014
  • Tree, creche inspire even nonbelievers, to love, share

    God did not come to the world with arrogance to impose his might; he offered his powerful love through a fragile child, Pope Francis said.

    The Christmas tree and Nativity scene are reminders of this mystery of the Incarnation and they both carry "a message of light, ...
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    The tree in St. Peter's Square was lit and the creche was unveiled on December 19. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)
  • Horseback riders make pilgrimage to Our Lady of Guadalupe shrine

    In a tradition that hails from Mexico, more than 250 people rode their horses on a pilgrimage to the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Des Plaines Dec. 7 to pay homage to Mary.

    The pilgrimage was held in advance of the feast of Our Lady ...
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    A cowboy club led a pilgrimage to Our Lady of Guadalupe Shrine in Des Plaines, IL. (CNS photo/Karen Callaway/Cathollic New World)
  • Second abuse survivor joins child protection panel

    Pope Francis expanded his papal commission on child protection to include a second survivor of abuse and more experts from around the world.

    The Commission for the Protection of Minors, which Pope Francis established one year ago, adds four more women and four men from five continents ...
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    Marie Collins was the commission's first abuse survivor. Peter Saunders is the second. (CNS photo/ Carol Glatz)
  • Visitation was painful yet positive, speakers say

    The apostolic visitation of U.S. communities of religious women, though initially met with some resistance, ended up promoting a greater sense of unity in the church and helped the women become more aware of how God is working in their lives, said the prefect of the ...
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    Mother Mary Clare Millea, who coordinated the apostolic visitation, is grateful for US women religious. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)
  • U.S. women religious find Vatican report reaffirming

    U.S. women religious welcomed the conciliatory tone of a Vatican report on religious life and appreciated acknowledgement of the important ministry that they practice day in and day out in the life of the church.

    They also said the report, released Dec. 16, opens a new beginning ...
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    Sisters Sharon Holland (left) and Agnes Mary Donovan head the LCWR and CMSWR, respectively. (CNS photo Paul Haring)
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