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Wednesday, November 25, 2015
  • 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.
  • Catholic groups, undeterred by Paris attacks, to attend climate summit

    WASHINGTON (CNS) -- Catholic organizations advocating to protect the world and its people from the impact of climate change said the terror attacks in Paris had not dissuaded them from attending a major U.N. summit there.

    "As far as I know, everyone who was planning to ...

    The Eiffel Tower is seen at sunset in Paris Nov. 22.
  • Day's granddaughter urges Catholics to speak out against war

    DERWOOD, Md. (CNS) –- Dorothy Day's granddaughter Martha Hennessy looks a little like her grandmother with her pulled-back white hair, and although she is soft spoken, she likely sounds just like her activist grandmother, too, when talking about helping the poor and promoting peace.

    Hennessy spoke about ...

    Martha Hennessy attends the 2015 fall general assembly of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops.
  • U.S. bishops endorse three sainthood causes

    BALTIMORE (CNS) -- The U.S. bishops Nov. 17 endorsed the sainthood causes of a Spanish missionary regarded as a mystic who served in the American Southwest, a Native American and his companions who were martyred in colonial Florida, and a Pennsylvania native who in 1974 became ...

    Bishop Gregory L. Parkes speaks Nov. 17 during the 2015 fall general assembly of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops in Baltimore.
  • Priests cannot forget their roots, pope says

    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Priests are not "mushrooms" that magically sprout at ordination, but they have a history, a community and a family that both they and their superiors must keep in mind, Pope Francis said.

    "On the day of their ordination, I always say to the ...

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Catherine of Alexandria: According to the <i>Legend of St. Catherine</i>, this young woman converted to Christianity after receiving a vision. At the age of 18, she debated 50 pagan philosophers. Amazed at her wisdom and debating skills, they became Christians—as did about 200 soldiers and members of the emperor’s family. All of them were martyred. 
<p>Sentenced to be executed on a spiked wheel, Catherine touched the wheel and it shattered. She was beheaded. Centuries later, angels are said to have carried the body of St. Catherine to a monastery at the foot of Mt. Sinai. </p><p>Devotion to her spread as a result of the Crusades. She was invoked as the patroness of students, teachers, librarians and lawyers. Catherine is one of the 14 Holy Helpers, venerated especially in Germany and Hungary.</p> American Catholic Blog We exist because God is infinitely beautiful, infinitely good, and overflowing with a love that seeks to share itself. When he made us and placed us in this glittering created world, it was an act of pure generosity.

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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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