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Saturday, November 28, 2015
  • Refugees in Lebanon get help at Catholic-run clinic

    BEIRUT (CNS) -- The three Iraqi retirees met up at St. Anthony's medical dispensary to get medication for hypertension, an ailment exacerbated by the stress of life as a refugee.

    As they waited their turn, they recalled their life in Qaraqosh, Iraq.

    "We celebrated everything together," 70-year-old ...

    Patients wait for their turn to be treated at St. Anthony’s medical dispensary in Beirut.
  • 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.
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James of the Marche: Meet one of the fathers of the modern pawnshop! 
<p>James was born in the Marche of Ancona, in central Italy along the Adriatic Sea. After earning doctorates in canon and civil law at the University of Perugia, he joined the Friars Minor and began a very austere life. He fasted nine months of the year; he slept three hours a night. St. Bernardine of Siena told him to moderate his penances. </p><p>James studied theology with St. John of Capistrano. Ordained in 1420, James began a preaching career that took him all over Italy and through 13 Central and Eastern European countries. This extremely popular preacher converted many people (250,000 at one estimate) and helped spread devotion to the Holy Name of Jesus. His sermons prompted numerous Catholics to reform their lives and many men joined the Franciscans under his influence. </p><p>With John of Capistrano, Albert of Sarteano and Bernardine of Siena, James is considered one of the "four pillars" of the Observant movement among the Franciscans. These friars became known especially for their preaching. </p><p>To combat extremely high interest rates, James established <i>montes pietatis</i> (literally, mountains of charity)--nonprofit credit organizations that lent money at very low rates on pawned objects. </p><p>Not everyone was happy with the work James did. Twice assassins lost their nerve when they came face to face with him. James died in 1476 and was canonized in 1726.</p> American Catholic Blog Let us never tire of seeking the Lord—of letting ourselves be sought by him—of tending over our relationship with him in silence and prayerful listening. Let us keep our gaze fixed on him, the center of time and history; let us make room for his presence within us.

 Bishops: Tone down rhetoric on Syrian  refugees

First Sunday of Advent
Before dinner this evening gather your family to bless the Advent wreath and light one purple candle.
Remember also to give thanks for departed loved ones with whom you’ll someday be reunited.
Thanksgiving Day (U.S.)
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.

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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