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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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New York cardinal to participate in Trump inauguration

WASHINGTON DC, Dec 30, 2016–New York’s Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan will take part in the upcoming presidential inauguration of Republican Donald Trump. “I am honored to have been asked to offer a reading from Scripture at the upcoming presidential inauguration, and look forward to asking almighty God to inspire and guide our new president and to continue to bless our great nation,” Cardinal Dolan said in an email to Catholic News Service. Trump, a lifelong New Yorker, will be sworn in as the 45th president of the United States Jan. 20. According to the president-elect’s inaugural committee, other faith leaders who are scheduled to be present include the Rev. Samuel Rodriguez of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference; Paula White of New Destiny Christian Center; Rabbi Marvin Hier, dean and founder of the Simon Wiesenthal Center; the Rev. Franklin Graham of Samaritan’s Purse and the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association; and Bishop Wayne T. Jackson of Great Faith Ministries International. The Washington Post reported in a Dec. 21 story that Trump is scheduled to attend “a private family church service at St. John’s Episcopal Church near the White House,” where many previous presidents have worshipped just before being sworn-in. A day after the inauguration, Trump is expected to attend the 58th Presidential Inaugural Prayer Service, an interfaith service at Washington’s National Cathedral. “The cathedral is a sacred space for the...

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China’s state leader meets Catholic representatives

HONG KONG, Dec 30, 2016–A meeting with a Chinese state leader and a Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament officially concluded the Ninth National Congress of Catholic Representatives of the government sanctioned open church community on Dec 29. The 365 participants comprised bishops, priests, nuns and lay leaders who elected officials of the Chinese Catholic Patriotic Association (CCPA) and the Bishops’ Conference of Catholic Church in China (BCCCC). They also discussed the work report of the two government-sanctioned church bodies in the first two days of the meeting that began Dec. 27. Before meeting with the state leader, a closing...

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Hangzhou Catholics put pope’s encyclical into practice

HANGZHOU, Dec 23, 2016–In response to the appeal of the pope’s encyclical on environment Laudato si, parishioners of eastern Hangzhou Diocese in eastern China held a charity bazaar to spread environmental awareness among Catholics. The charity bazaar was held by the Catholic social service group of Hangzhou Diocese at the square of the Immaculate Conception Church on Dec. 18. “We will send the 3,000 yuan (US$432) we raised and 11 other boxes of commodities to two Catholic NGOs in northern Hebei province for the needy they serve. It will be Christmas by the time they receive the gifts,” Tu Chun, one of the organizers, told ucanews.com. The bazaar was result of earlier discussions among some enthusiastic Catholics about creative ideas for evangelization and for the promotion of environmental protection, he said. “We are not only doing philanthropy, it is also a learning activity, for which parishioners could live out awareness on environmental protection,” he said. Another organizer Maria Jin said it was the first time that they have had a donation drive in the diocese. “The activities were promoted through bulletin boards, using social media to promote the reduction of paper use,” she said. The group collected 300 re-usable items, including clothing, electronic products, books and other items to sell in the bazaar, Tu noted. “Some friends shared that the bazaar also made them reflect on their consumption habits,” Tu...

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