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West Bank Town Puts Faith in St. Nicholas

18 December 2014

BEIT JALLA, West Bank (CNS) – Bethlehem might have the Church of the Nativity, but residents of this largely Christian town adjacent to Bethlehem say they have St. Nicholas. “People believe he is the protector of the city,” said Father Faysal Hijazen, parish priest of the Church of the Annunciation. “In all of the Christian houses here you will see pictures of St. Nicholas. They pray to him for protection, when they have any problem, even problems at home they pray to him.”

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Fished from Deep, Monstrance Is Placed in Adoration Chapel

18 December 2014

BALTIMORE (CNS) – A man fishing at the Loch Raven Reservoir in north Baltimore County some two decades ago was convinced he had snagged a big fish after his line hooked something substantial. After reeling in his haul, the angler had no fish. He had, however, caught something even more remarkable: a large Gothic monstrance used to hold the Eucharist for worship.

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Cathedral Prep and Seminary Alumni Events Set for 2015

18 December 2014

Cathedral Prep School and Seminary, Elmhurst, has two important dates set on its calendar for 2015. The Prep’s annual golf classic is scheduled for Monday, April 27 at North Hills Country Club in Manhasset, L.I., starting at 10 a.m.

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Vatican Thanks U.S. Nuns, Calls for a New Dialogue

18 December 2014

VATICAN CITY (CNS) – A massive, detailed Vatican-ordered investigation of U.S. communities of women religious ended with a call to the women themselves to continue discerning how best to live the Gospel in fidelity to their orders’ founding ideals while facing steeply declining numbers and a rapidly aging membership.

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Some Practical Gifts and Christmas Presence

18 December 2014

Christmas is the feast of encounter, the celebration of God’s love and nearness. “The Word became flesh and dwelt among us, full of grace and truth,” we read in St. John’s Gospel. God became one of us! He united himself to every man, woman and child in every time and place in Jesus Christ, the sacrament of our encounter with God.

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Peace Light Arrives With Message of Hope

18 December 2014

An open flame, referred to as the Peace Light, arrived by plane in JFK Airport, Dec. 11 escorted by officials from Austrian Airlines. After a welcome ceremony at Our Lady of the Skies Chapel, the flame began its pilgrimage across the U.S. in trucks and cars, lighting wicks in homes, churches and community centers along the way.

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Lights On in Bensonhurst

18 December 2014

St. Athanasius parish lit up its outdoor Nativity scene and church with the colors of Christmas on Dec. 13. The Saturday evening Mass was followed by singing, guest appearances, the arrival of Santa Claus and refreshments in the parish hall.

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Catholic Theologians Make a Mark Against Racial Injustice

18 December 2014

WASHINGTON (CNS) – This year the “hope for a just peace” that is Advent “must face the flagrant failures of a nation still bound by sin, our bondage to and complicity in racial injustice,” said a group of Catholic theologians. “The killings of black men, women and children ... by white policemen, and the failures of the grand jury process to indict some of the police officers involved, brought to our attention not only problems in law enforcement today, but also deeper racial injustice in our nation, our communities and even our churches,” they said.

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Austrian Markets Reflect The Spirit of Christmas

18 December 2014

VIENNA (CNS) – Tucked behind the Austrian capital’s well known Museumsquartier – a complex of art, natural history and cultural museums – is a little side street Christmas market called Spittelberg. No more than a medieval alleyway, gray cobblestones and slightly wobbly Tudor-like white and dark timber buildings, Spittelberg is a place where old Vienna comes to life.

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Tablet TALK

18 December 2014

This week's Tablet TALK honors a deacon who was installed as a Secular Franciscan, highlights David Bisono's Organic ministry, recognizes a Jamaica student who was quoted in New York Magazine and much, much more...

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