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Pope to bishops: Defend children from abuse, protect their dignity, joy

VATICAN, Jan. 3, 2016– Stand up and protect children from exploitation, slaughter and abuse, which includes committing to a policy of “zero tolerance” of sexual abuse by clergy, Pope Francis told the world’s bishops. Wake up to what is happening to so many of today’s innocents and be moved by their plight and the cries of their mothers to do everything to protect life, helping it “be born and grow,” he said in a letter sent to bishops commemorating the feast of the Holy Innocents, Dec. 28. The Vatican press office published the letter and translations from the original...

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New Year calls for courage, hope; no more hatred, selfishness, pope says

VATICAN, Jan. 1, 2016– Whether the new year will be good or not depends on us choosing to do good each day, Pope Francis said. “That is how one builds peace, saying ‘no’  to hatred and violence — with action — and ‘yes’ to fraternity and reconciliation,” he said Jan. 1, which the church marks as the feast of Mary, Mother of God and as World Peace Day. Speaking to the some 50,000 pilgrims gathered in St. Peter’s Square for the first noon Angelus of 2017, the pope referred to his peace day message in which he asked people...

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January 8, 2017 – MT 2:1-12

The Epiphany of the Lord Reading 1 IS 60:1-6 Rise up in splendor, Jerusalem! Your light has come, the glory of the Lord shines upon you. See, darkness covers the earth, and thick clouds cover the peoples; but upon you the LORD shines, and over you appears his glory. Nations shall walk by your light, and kings by your shining radiance. Raise your eyes and look about; they all gather and come to you: your sons come from afar, and your daughters in the arms of their nurses. Then you shall be radiant at what you see, your heart...

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Blessed ‘Christmas bread’

Parishioners at the Saints Peter and Paul parish in Warsaw receive opłatek, blessed bread which is part of a Polish Christmas tradition. On Christmas eve, families gather to say their Christmas wishes for each other before eating the bread, Dec. 24, 2016. (Photo: Barbara...

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German bishop urges families to be inspired by pope’s exhortation

BERLIN, Dec 31, 2016–As traditional family holiday celebrations continued with the coming of the New Year, an official with the German bishops’ conference encouraged Catholic families to read Pope Francis’ exhortation on the family, “Amoris Laetitia” (“The Joy of Love”). “The feast of the Holy Family, which this year falls uniquely on a Friday rather than a Sunday, moves the facets of the family in harmony with the Christmas festive season, especially in the focal point of thoughtfulness,” said Archbishop Heiner Koch of Berlin, chairman of the bishops’ Commission for Marriage and Family. The exhortation was released in April...

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