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  • Italian mosaic artist's dream realized with completion of Trinity Dome

    WASHINGTON (CNS) -- Giovanni Travisanutto's mosaic career began when he was an 11-year-old boy standing on a step stool to reach the workbench at the mosaic school in Spilimbergo, Italy. It ended with him once again reaching new heights as he stood atop scaffolding 150 feet up, installing the mosaic section that would complete both his career and the original plans for the Trinity Dome in the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception.

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  • Writer's work touches on ongoing search for personal moral standards

    TORONTO (CNS) -- Catholic writer Philip Caputo shot to literary prominence in 1977 with release of his Vietnam war memoir, "A Rumor of War." The no-holds-barred soldier's account of the horror, brutality, demoralization and pointlessness of combat in an ideologically murky war was one of the first notes of doubt and dissent about America's foreign policy objectives in that turbulent time.

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  • Surprise! Chicago suburb is home to a major Guadalupe shrine

    Chicago, Ill., Dec 12, 2017 CNA/EWTN News.- Marian devotion is intense among the hundreds of thousands of people who visit the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe each year on her feast day. Not just her shrine in Mexico City. The Virgin of Guadalupe has a major place of honor in Des Plaines, Ill., a Chicago suburb.

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  • Soros money means legal trouble for Amnesty's Ireland abortion campaign

    Dublin, Ireland, Dec 11, 2017 CNA/EWTN News.- Amnesty International is in no position to oppose an Irish law against foreign political funding now that it is under scrutiny for taking money from U.S. financier George Soros’ Open Society Foundations to target the country’s abortion restrictions, Irish pro-life advocates have said.

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  • Hispanic Catholics want to help each other encounter Christ every day

    OMAHA, Neb. (CNS) -- Sometimes it's hard to feel welcome, especially when moving to a new community -- or in the case of many Hispanics, a new Catholic community. Language barriers, fears of being discovered in the country without legal permission and other concerns can keep families and individuals from getting involved in a parish or continuing to practice their faith.

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  • Prepare way for the Lord with prayer, acts of charity, pope says

    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Advent is a time to make a renewed commitment to prayer and to caring for others, Pope Francis said. "It is a time to recognize the holes to be filled in our lives, to smooth the roughness of pride and make space for Jesus who is coming," the pope said Dec. 10, the second Sunday of Advent.

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  • Why 'Silence Breakers' are key in any abuse crisis

    Denver, Colo., Dec 10, 2017 CNA/EWTN News.- This week, TIME Magazine announced a group of women and men as their collective Person of the Year. What do these people have in common? They are what TIME called “The Silence Breakers” - people who have blown the whistle on sexual assault and abuse within the workplace, largely in the industries of film, politics, and media.

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  • Vatican nativity scene, Christmas tree unveiled

    Vatican City, Dec 8, 2017 CNA/EWTN News.- In an inauguration ceremony Thursday, the Vatican officially unveiled this year’s nativity scene in St. Peter’s Square, also lighting the 69-foot Christmas tree for the first time this year.

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  • Some see crunch time, others negotiation time, for immigration woes

    WASHINGTON (CNS) -- Supporters of youth who came to the U.S. without documents as children descended on Washington in early December, risking arrest and seeking attention from lawmakers during what they believe is the last window of opportunity this year to pass legislation to help the youth stay in the country.

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  • Our Lady of Guadalupe is a feast for Byzantine Catholics, too

    CHICAGO (CNS) -- Renowned for its reverence for ancient tradition, the Byzantine Catholic Church is rather unhurried to add new feasts to its liturgical calendar. However, in the past 20 years, the Byzantine-Ruthenian Catholic Church in the United States has added at least four new feast days, namely for three 20th-century martyred bishops -- Blesseds Paul Gojdich, July 17, Basil Hopko, July 23, and Theodore Romzha, Oct. 31 -- and one feast dedicated to the mother of God, Our Lady of Guadalupe, Dec. 12.

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  • Protests cause uncertainty in Bethlehem, but for now, pilgrims visit

    BETHLEHEM, West Bank (CNS) -- Not far from where journalists lined up for positions outside the guard tower at Rachel's Tomb in anticipation of confrontations between Israeli soldiers and Palestinians, life in Bethlehem continued. Trendy young Bethlehem residents and visitors were lunching on vegetarian pizza, quinoa and salmon salad, and sandwiches with names like Sexy Morning at the popular Zuwadeh Cafe.

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  • Vatican needs to strengthen fight against financial crime, Moneyval says

    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- The Vatican earned praise from Council of Europe experts for its updated legislation against money laundering and for its vigilance in flagging suspected cases, but the committee said the effectiveness of the Vatican efforts could not be proven until Vatican courts actually prosecuted someone for a crime.

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  • Franciscans involved in making of 'The Sultan and the Saint' documentary

    WASHINGTON (CNS) -- A moment in time that has been captured in art has now been captured on film. The encounter in 1219 between St. Francis of Assisi and Malek al-Kamil, the sultan of Egypt, during yet another flashpoint in the long history of the Crusades -- the subject of one famous fresco in Assisi, Italy -- has been made into a documentary. "The Sultan and the Saint" will get its nationwide premiere Dec. 26 on PBS (check local listings for dates and times).

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  • Beauty advice from Pope Francis: Be virtuous like Mary

    Vatican City, Dec 8, 2017 CNA/EWTN News.- On Friday’s Feast of the Immaculate Conception, Pope Francis offered his own ‘beauty secret’ – with Mary as model – saying beauty does not come from age or appearance, but from living a virtuous life rooted in scripture.

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  • 'Sacrifice and dedication' honored at Cheverus Awards

    NEWTON -- In her parish, St. Paul Church in Hamilton, Kathleen Brumby helps pick up after children, makes coffee every Sunday morning, takes out the trash, and locks up the church every night. She's been doing that for "quite a few years," and during an afternoon prayer service at Our Lady Help of Christians, Dec. 3, she received recognition for all her hard work.

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  • Forming the Future: Years of service honored at Jackson Elementary, Newton

    NEWTON -- Every day, when the cars rolled up to Jackson Elementary School in Newton, custodian Ed Gillen opened the doors for the students and greeted the parents with a smile. He turned the lights on in the school, opened the doors, and made coffee for the teachers, and on Dec. 1, he was honored for his over 20 years of employment during a retirement party at the school.

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  • Pastoral Planning Advisory Board presents findings to priests

    WESTON -- During the 2017 Fall Presbyteral Convocation, held Nov. 29 at St. Julia Parish in Weston, hundreds of priests of the Archdiocese of Boston listened to the findings of the Pastoral Planning Advisory Board (PPAB) on the state of the archdiocese's pastoral plan, Disciples in Mission.

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  • Mission Grammar School opens toddler and infant center

    ROXBURY -- Shawna Lymon held an infant on her lap, bouncing him up and down occasionally, and talking softly to him when he began to fuss. Cradles lined the walls around her, and a play area, complete with building blocks and other infant toys, lay across from her.

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  • Pope names Nanterre bishop to head Paris Archdiocese

    PARIS (CNS) -- Pope Francis has named Bishop Michel Aupetit of Nanterre as archbishop of Paris, succeeding Cardinal Andre Vingt-Trois, who turned 75 in November. Archbishop Aupetit, whose diocese was west of Paris, was often named as a potential successor to Cardinal Vingt-Trois, who headed the Paris Archdiocese for more than 12 years.

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  • Narni: Italy's inspiration for the magical realm of C. S. Lewis

    Narni, Italy, Dec 7, 2017 CNA/EWTN News.- The magical realm of Narnia is the setting of C. S. Lewis’ beloved children’s book The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. There, four children discover a land of talking animals, mythological creatures, the White Witch, and “the Great Lion:” Aslan.

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  • Kidnapped twice, missionary priest returns to Nigeria

    Rome, Italy, Dec 6, 2017 CNA/EWTN News.- After he was kidnapped in Nigeria in October, Italian missionary priest Fr. Maurizio Pallù has returned to the country, attributing his kidnapping to the work of the devil and crediting the Virgin Mary with his protection and release.

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  • Speakers: U.S. needs to spread religious liberty, conscience protection

    WASHINGTON (CNS) -- Religious liberty and protection of conscience are as worthwhile as exports as they are as American values, two members of Congress reminded a Washington conference Dec. 5. U.S. Sen. James Lankford, R-Oklahoma, and U.S. Rep. Carolyn Maloney, D-New York, both spoke openly of their own Christian beliefs while addressing the third Archon International Conference on Religious Freedom, sponsored by the Orthodox Order of St. Andrew, Archons of the Ecumenical Patriarchate.

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  • Austrian cardinal criticizes court ruling on same-sex marriage

    VIENNA (CNS) -- The president of the Austrian bishops' conference criticized a Constitutional Court judgment clearing the way for same-sex marriages in the traditionally Catholic country. "If the court denies the uniqueness and special legal status of marriage, built on the diversity of sexes, it denies reality and does no service to society," said Vienna Cardinal Christoph Schonborn, conference president. "It also ultimately harms everyone, including those it seeks to protect and who should be protected."

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  • Update: Mideast Christian leaders to Trump: Jerusalem move could have dire results

    JERUSALEM (CNS) -- In an open letter to U.S. President Donald Trump, Christian leaders in Jerusalem said U.S. recognition of the city as the capital of Israel could have dire regional consequences. "We have been following, with concern, the reports about the possibility of changing how the United States understands and deals with the status of Jerusalem. We are certain that such steps will yield increased hatred, conflict, violence and suffering in Jerusalem and the Holy Land, moving us farther from the goal of unity and deeper toward destructive division," the Christian leaders said, just hours before Trump announced the U.S. was recognizing Jerusalem as the capital and relocating the U.S. embassy.

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