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Fighting the Sexual and Reproductive Rights Revolution

This report is provided by Sofia Martinez of Alliance Defending Freedom. * * *
Recently, a new bill called the Rights of Girls, Boys, and Adolescents was approved by a majority in Mexico’s Senate. The bill was approved despite radical changes to the law initially proposed by President Peña Nieto. Congress remo…

Pope’s Address to Those Who Gave Crib, Tree for St. Peter’s

This morning the Pope received in audience delegations from Verona and Catanzaro, representing those who gave the gift of the Nativity scene and the Christmas tree in Saint Peter’s Square this year. Here is a translation of the Pope’s address.

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Dear Brothers and Sisters,

I meet you on the day that t…

Pope’s Address to Italian National Olympic Committee

Today Pope Francis received in audience directors and athletes of the Italian National Olympic Committee (I.N.O.C.), on the occasion of the centenary of its foundation. Here is a translation of the Holy Father’s address.

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Dear Friends of I.N.O.C.

I give you all my cordial greeting and thank the Pres…

Fr. Cantalamessa’s 3rd Advent Homily

Here is the third Advent homily given by the preacher of the Pontifical Household, Capuchin Fr. Raniero Cantalamessa. He delivered the homily today. The first and second Advent homilies can be viewed here: 

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In Syria, Christmas Joy in the Face of Suffering

Here is a message from Archbishop Jean-Clement Jeanbart from Aleppo. * * *
Dear Friends,
Christians all over the world are preparing the beautiful feast of Christmas with its humble and heavenly scenes bringing joy, warmth and hope to the hearts…

US Bishops Welcome Step to Normalize Relations With Cuba

Bishop Oscar Cantú of Las Cruces, New Mexico, chairman of the Committee on International Justice and Peace of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops welcomed the announcement by President Barack Obama of the release of Alan Gross and other prisoners, and of the administration’s action to normalize relations with C…

Cuban Bishops Applaud New Stage in US Ties

On Wednesday, after the announcement that the United States and Cuba would be pursuing reconciliation, Cuba’s episcopal conference published a statement thanking God “on the eve of Christmas” for the “new horizons of hope that are opening.” They thanked the Holy Father for his mediation to achieve this “desire th…

Pope’s Address to Children of Italian Catholic Action

Here below is Pope Francis’ address to a delegation of children of Italian Catholic Action (I.C.A.) in the Vatican this morning: * * *
Dear children of I.C.A.,
Welcome! I am happy to meet with you. It is a meeting to exchange good wishes for Christmas. I thank you for the good wishes you addressed to me on be…

Pope’s Address to German Lutheran Delegation

This morning, Pope Francis received in audience a Delegation of the German Lutheran Evangelical Church. Here is a translation of the Pope’s address to those present.
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Sisters and Brothers,
I greet you cordially and thank Bishop Ulrich for his words, which clearly witness his ecumenical commitment. I al…

Bishops Denounce New Texas Family Detention Center

Auxiliary Bishop Eusebio Elizondo of Seattle, chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee on Migration, decried the opening of a 2,400-bed detention center in Dilley, Texas, constructed to house, among others, families fleeing persecution in Central America. The detention center, operated by a …

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