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    Australian Catholic Youth Festival draws tens of thousands

    December 12th, 2017 by Hostess

    Sydney, Australia, Dec 11, 2017 / 05:10 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Church in Australia kicked off Advent with a Catholic Youth Festival in Sydney last weekend, drawing some 20,000 attendees and including the country’s largest Mass since the World Youth Day in 2008.

    The event was also the opening of a “Year of Youth” meant to “open new horizons for spreading joy joy for the young Church and our communities.”

    Archbishop Anthony Fisher of Sydney said that “our culture has messed up about life and love, justice and mercy,” at the festival’s Dec. 9 Mass, citing political challenges …read more

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

    December 12th, 2017 by Hostess

    Dublin, Ireland, Dec 11, 2017 / 05:00 pm (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.

    “The arrogance they have shown in the past few days on this issue is staggering. They are now trying to argue that they have a ‘human right’ to take money from billionaires to push to have abortion legalization in Ireland, while they also argue that preborn …read more

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    Arlington priest pays restitution for burning KKK cross in family's lawn

    December 11th, 2017 by Hostess

    Arlington, Va., Dec 11, 2017 / 03:48 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- An Arlington priest who was formerly a KKK member has written an apology letter and paid restitution to a family for burning a cross in their lawn in 1977.

    Fr. William Aitcheson, a priest of the Diocese of Arlington, Va. is a former member of the Ku Klux Klan and was arrested in 1977 for burning six crosses, one on the lawn of Philip and Barbara Butler. He was 23 years old at the time.

    In a handwritten letter to the Butlers released on Friday, Aitcheson apologized for his “despicable …read more

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    Vatican conference highlights role of laity in addressing modern challenges

    December 11th, 2017 by Hostess

    Vatican City, Dec 11, 2017 / 03:12 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Leading lay experts and top Vatican officials have joined forces this week to talk about how they can collaborate in addressing key areas of modern concern, placing a special emphasis on the role of laypeople.

    “Even before the (Second) Vatican Council, the conviction of the Church was that lay involvement in certain spheres of life, particularly political and social, was absolutely indispensable,” Archbishop Paul Gallagher told CNA Dec. 11.

    The importance of the laity “is quite clear even more today,” he said, explaining that without their activity and social and …read more

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    Analyis: What the Vatican does to stop money laundering

    December 11th, 2017 by Hostess

    Vatican City, Dec 11, 2017 / 01:30 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Council of Europe’s Moneyval committee has praised the Holy See’s financial intelligence unit, the Financial Information Authority, in a report published last week.

    The report noted the progress the Holy See has made in establishing an effective reporting system for suspect transactions, and in its international cooperation with investigation and reporting of financial irregularities. The report recommended that the financial authority “actively pursue” pending criminal cases of money laundering.

    Moneyval is the Council of Europe’s “Committee of Experts on the Evaluation of Anti-Money Laundering Measures and the Financing of …read more

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    Court rejects Washington archdicoese's Advent metro ad

    December 11th, 2017 by Hostess

    Washington D.C., Dec 11, 2017 / 11:23 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A federal court has denied relief to the Archdiocese of Washington, in its request for an injunction that would have allowed it to run metro ads encouraging riders to discover the true meaning of Christmas.

    “We are disappointed that the federal court denied our emergency request for an injunction to run our ‘Find the Perfect Gift’ Advent ad campaign,” said Ed McFadden, Secretary for Communications for the Archdiocese of Washington.

    “While this preliminary ruling that there should be no room made for us on [Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority] buses …read more

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    At Christmas, Love Wins

    December 11th, 2017 by Hostess

    By John Dorhauer

    In his Christmas Message, United Church of Christ General Minister and President the Rev. John C. Dorhauer invites all in the wider church to commit to making sure that ‘Love Wins’, no matter the season.

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    Pope Francis: Health care is part of the Church’s mission

    December 11th, 2017 by Hostess

    Vatican City, Dec 11, 2017 / 06:48 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Just as Jesus healed people during his earthly mission, care for the sick is a mission the entire Church is called to take part in, Pope Francis said in a message published Monday for the World Day of the Sick.

    “Jesus bestowed upon the Church his healing power…The Church’s mission is a response to Jesus’ gift, for she knows that she must bring to the sick the Lord’s own gaze, full of tenderness and compassion,” the Pope wrote in a message published Dec. 11.

    “Health care ministry will always be …read more

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    Resignations and appointments (12/9) (Vatican Press Office)

    December 11th, 2017 by Hostess

    Pope Francis named a Massachusetts-born Capuchin Franciscan friar as bishop of a Japanese diocese. …read more

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    Papal audiences (12/9) (Vatican Press Office)

    December 11th, 2017 by Hostess

    In separate audiences, Pope Francis received the prefect of the Congregation for Bishops, the new Nigerian ambassador, the apostolic nuncio in Mozambique, the officers of the Canadian bishops’ conference, and the Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. …read more

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