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Friday, November 27, 2015
  • Thanksgiving Should Be a Verb

    Sometimes it’s easier to think of all the bad things—bombings, murders, illness, misfortune—in the world than the ...

    Ted and Arlene Capeci, residents of New York's Breezy Point neighborhood for 42 years, eat a donated Thanksgiving meal atop cardboard boxes.
  • Feast of Thanks
    Often when asked to name a special family time, people’s responses cluster around meals: Christmas dinner, birthday parties, a vacation cookout by the shore, a wedding banquet. Their intuition is sound: these special times are also sacred times. What better day to celebrate that connection ...
    Volunteers organize Thanksgiving food boxes for needy families at Spencerport Ecumenical Food Shelf in Spencerport, NY.
  • Atlanta archbishop: School choice for all is a human right

    GENEVA (CNS) -- Amendments to the constitutions of some U.S. states are preventing children from low- and middle-income minority families from better educational opportunities than what may be available in public schools, amounting to discrimination, the archbishop of Atlanta told a U.N. committee meeting in Geneva.

    In ...

    Schoolchildren are dropped off by a school bus in Norfolk, Massachusetts.
  • Journalists claim freedom of press at 'VatiLeaks' trial

    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Italian journalists standing trial in a Vatican court defended their right to freedom of the press, while the Vatican prosecution said the way they acquired confidential information was illegal.

    All five people accused of involvement in leaking and publishing confidential documents about Vatican ...

    Italian journalists and authors are seen in a courtroom Nov. 24, the first day of the 'VatiLeaks' case at the Vatican.
  • Mali's Catholic leaders: Attack won't hurt relations with Muslims

    OXFORD, England (CNS) -- The secretary-general of Mali's Catholic bishops' conference said he fears the Nov. 20 hotel attack in Bamako forms part of a wider Islamist campaign, but insisted Catholic-Muslim ties will not be affected by the latest violence.

    Msgr. Edmond Dembele said the Nov. 20 ...

    Security forces surround the Radisson Hotel during a hostage situation in Bamako, Mali, Nov. 20.
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<p>In his various ministries, he was loving, devout and penitential. He was a sought-after confessor and preacher. One witness at the canonical hearings regarding Francesco’s holiness testified, "In his preaching he spoke in a familiar way, filled as he was with the love of God and neighbor; fired by the Spirit, he made use of the words and deed of Holy Scripture, stirring his listeners and moving them to do penance." Francesco showed himself a loyal friend of the poor, never hesitating to seek from benefactors what was needed. </p><p>At his death in Lucera, children ran through the streets and cried out, "The saint is dead! The saint is dead!" Francesco was canonized in 1986.</p> American Catholic Blog Even in the innocence and devotion of my dog, I see a reminder from heaven to stay simple and devout! I call our funny little canine “a smile from heaven” because God uses him to make us laugh every single day, no matter what else is going on in our lives. Everywhere I look, it seems that God is sending me coded messages.

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Thanks be to God for our families, our homes, our lives. Happy Thanksgiving from Catholic Greetings and
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St. Andrew Dung-Lac
Our common faith is our greatest treasure. Join Vietnamese Catholics around the world in honoring this 19th-century martyr.
With Thursday’s menu planned and groceries purchased, now is the time to send an e-card to far-away friends.

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 2
NEW YORK (CNS) -- With "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 2" (Lionsgate), one of the most successful cinema franchises of recent times reaches a surprisingly glum finale.

Given that the series is founded on the idea of a dystopian society where young ...

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