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  • Vatican unveils Nativity scene, lights Christmas tree

    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- The Vatican unveiled the Nativity scene and lit the Christmas tree with energy-saving lights in St. Peter's Square during a late afternoon ceremony Dec. 5. The 85-foot-tall spruce tree came from the forests of the Veneto region ...

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  • Tensions arise in Canada around bishops' inquiry of Haitian group

    MONTREAL (CNS) -- A Haitian women's support organization co-founded by Quebec nuns is exasperated by repeated requests from the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops to know whether or not it supports the legalization of abortion. Marie Ange Noel, ...

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  • Top Catholic leaders in Hong Kong have backed street protesters

    HONG KONG (CNS) -- Catholic leaders in Hong Kong have widely supported nearly seven months of anti-government protests, except when they turned violent. Cardinal Joseph Zen Ze-kiun, retired bishop of Hong Kong and a longtime supporter of anti-government ...

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At Madrid climate talks, Catholics work to provide 'moral perspective'


OXFORD, England (CNS) -- Catholic campaigners at U.N. climate talks welcomed support from Pope Francis and vowed to bring a "firm moral perspective" to intergovernmental negotiations. Chiara Martinelli, a senior adviser to CIDSE, a network of 17 Catholic development agencies in Europe and North America, noted the importance of Catholic organizations at the talks, since more and more private sector and commercial companies attend.

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Vatican unveils Nativity scene, lights Christmas tree


VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- The Vatican unveiled the Nativity scene and lit the Christmas tree with energy-saving lights in St. Peter's Square during a late afternoon ceremony Dec. 5. The 85-foot-tall spruce tree came from the forests of the Veneto region in northeast Italy and another 20 smaller trees were donated by communities in the region's province of Vicenza.

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Top Catholic leaders in Hong Kong have backed street protesters


HONG KONG (CNS) -- Catholic leaders in Hong Kong have widely supported nearly seven months of anti-government protests, except when they turned violent. Cardinal Joseph Zen Ze-kiun, retired bishop of Hong Kong and a longtime supporter of anti-government protests, and Auxiliary Bishop Joseph Ha Chi-shing have been involved in both the protests and actively supporting protesters. Cardinal John Tong Hon, once retired but serving as acting bishop since January, also has shown support.

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Trust in Christ, not in psychics, sorcerers, pope says at audience


VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Pope Francis scolded people who consider themselves practicing Christians, but who turn to fortunetelling, psychic readings and tarot cards. True faith means abandoning oneself to God "who makes himself known not through occult practices but through revelation and with gratuitous love," the pope said Dec. 4 during his weekly general audience in St. Peter's Square.

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