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WARSAW, Poland -- As government delegations from across the globe attended a Dec. 2-14 U.N. conference on climate change, Catholic organizations pledged to make the Church’s voice heard.
Father Jeff Hebert, an associate pastor at St. Joseph Church in Conway, lights the first candle Dec. 2 on the Advent wreath to mark the beginning of the liturgical year. (Photo)
HOUSTON -- Laredo’s Bishop James A. Tamayo is calling Church leaders and lay faithful to “extend the compassion of Christ” to those who come to Catholic churches in need.
WASHINGTON -- To hear the voices of the Dominican Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist from Michigan in Washington, the best bet was to listen to them sing at the National Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony on the Ellipse outside the White House late Nov. 28.
WASHINGTON -- The human rights office for the Archdiocese of San Salvador is taking the country’s judicial system to task, urging the prompt prosecution of those responsible in the assassination of St. Oscar Arnulfo Romero, calling for an end to “creative” excuses for not doing so.
VATICAN CITY -- Commemorating the witness of Shahbaz Bhatti, Pope Francis expressed his hope that the Pakistani Catholic’s death will be a source of inspiration and hope for persecuted Christians.
ROME -- Three female survivors of sexual abuse by priests called on Church leaders preparing for a February summit at the Vatican to listen to the voices of victims and to end a “culture of cover-up” that has dragged on for decades.
To get an idea of how hard it is to rattle Chet Hudgens, note that he said the biggest adjustment between public school and last year, his first at St. Joseph School in Fayetteville, was the outfit.
College ball: Three members of Little Rock Catholic High School’s baseball team signed letters of intent to play college ball Nov. 14. (Sports briefs)
“One way I serve others is by altar serving, not just serving other people, but serving God. I also take care of my neighbors’ ...” (Youthspeak, Seeds of Faith)
Quick reminder for those of us who attend Mass regularly: Many people are going to join us on Dec. 24 and 25 who don’t normally come to church. They will take our parking spots, our usual pews, our hymnals and our coat hooks. (Columns)
We have been following the saga of scientists around the world pushing the envelope of ethics. We knew that designer babies were being researched but thus far the scientists hadn’t implanted an embryo into a woman yet. That changed this year when ... (Editorial)
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