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December 19, 2014

FFRF Lacks Standing To Challenge Church Filing Exemptions

The Religion Clause - 20 hours 31 min ago
In Freedom From Religion Foundation v. Koskinen, (WD WI, Dec. 17, 2014), a Wisconsin federal district court held that Freedom From Religion Foundation and its local affiliate lack...

Franciscan order embroiled in financial crisis

Catholic Herald - 20 hours 31 min ago
The Franciscans is facing a “grave situation” following an internal investigation into the state of its financial affairs. In a letter to the order, first reported by Rorate Caeli...

Kentucky Supreme Court Defines Ecclesiastical Abstention Doctrine

The Religion Clause - 20 hours 36 min ago
In St. Joseph Catholic Orphan Society v. Edwards, (KY Sup. Ct., Dec. 18, 2014), the Kentucky Supreme Court redefined the operation of the "ecclesiastical abstention doctrine"...

Congress Gives USCIRF 9 More Months of Life

The Religion Clause - 20 hours 41 min ago
Earlier this week, Congress passed and sent to the President H.R. 5816 (full text), extending the life of the U.S. Commission for International Religious Freedom until Sept. 30,...

NY Times: “Bolder vision” of Vatican diplomacy under Francis

The Deacon's Bench - 20 hours 55 min ago
From Friday’s paper: Perhaps the timing was purely coincidental. But a day after he was credited with helping to broker thehistoric diplomatic breakthrough betweenCuba and the...

Concern mounts in India over persecution of religious minorities

EWTN - World Catholic News - 21 hours 5 min ago
New Delhi, India, Dec 19, 2014 / 06:08 am (EWTN News/CNA).- The rise in attacks by Hindu radicals against members of minority religions in India, primarily Christians and Muslims...

Daily Reflection — Never too late!

Integrated Catholic Life - 21 hours 10 min ago
“In the time of Herod king of Judea there was a priest named Zechariah, who belonged to the priestly division of Abijah; his wife Elizabeth was also a descendant of Aaron. Both of...

The US-Cuba thaw is a triumph for Vatican diplomacy

Catholic Herald - 21 hours 15 min ago
The thaw when it comes in northern climes comes dramatically. We have all in the past been delighted by nature programmes on television at the moment in which the solid wall of...

Concern mounts in India over persecution of religious minorities

Catholic News Agency - General - 21 hours 33 min ago
New Delhi, India, Dec 19, 2014 / 04:08 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The rise in attacks by Hindu radicals against members of minority religions in India, primarily Christians and Muslims...

Self-censorship over The Interview – a mark of western decadence

Catholic Herald - 21 hours 35 min ago
In a year that has been marked by faux outrage and offence-taking, the North Koreans may have won the crown for the biggest overreaction of 2014. Next week was supposed to see the...

Pope's Morning Homily: Church Is Not Egocentric, Power-Driven

Zenit - The World as Seen from Rome - 21 hours 39 min ago
Pope Francis is lamenting that characteristics such as power-hungry and egotistic at times are appropriate for describng people of the Church. According to Vatican Radio, during...

Fr Lombardi's 'Ten Commandments' for Catholic communications

EWTN - World Catholic News - 21 hours 40 min ago
Rome, Italy, Dec 19, 2014 / 05:01 pm (EWTN News/CNA).- "To communicate is to unify" is the first of the "Ten Words of Communication" that Fr. Federico Lombardi, director of the...

Daily Gospel Reflection for December 19, 2014

CatholicMom.com - 21 hours 40 min ago
  Today’s Gospel: Luke 1: 5 – 25 I remember the frustration I felt as a kid the first time I saw, “It’s a Wonderful Life.” Clarence the angel arranges to show George Bailey what...

Pope names second abuse survivor, global experts to protection panel

American Catholic - Top News - 21 hours 41 min ago
Pope Francis expanded his papal commission on child protection to include a second survivor of abuse and more experts from around the world. The Commission for the Protection of...

Jesus is your �best friend,' Pope tells children

Catholic Culture - World News - 21 hours 48 min ago
Pope Francis met with a delegation of children from Italian Catholic Action on December 18 and told them that Jesus is their "best friend." The Pontiff offered the young people...

Franciscan Minister General to Order: We're broke, due to questionable financial activities of the recent past

Rorate Coeli - 21 hours 51 min ago
From the letter of the Franciscan Minister General, Brother Michael Perry, OFM: In an effort to live as children of the light, the General Definitorium and I wish to bring to...

Chaldean patriarch urges pre-Christmas fast, subdued Christmas celebration

Catholic Culture - World News - 22 hours 3 min ago
Citing the "heavy cross" borne by Iraq's Christian refugees, the head of the Chaldean Catholic Church has called upon his flock to fast from December 22 to 24, according to a...

Christians can’t ignore differences on life issues, says Pope

Catholic Herald - 22 hours 4 min ago
Christianity has something to say about human dignity, and “it would be a shame” if differing positions on the sanctity of all human life or on marriage were to increase the...

Cuban, Miami prelates react to policy change toward Cuba

Catholic Culture - World News - 22 hours 18 min ago
The bishops of Cuba have issued a statement welcoming the announcement of the US policy change toward Cuba. "We thank the Lord, now on the eve of Christmas, that new horizons of...

Vatican Christmas tree and Nativity scene

News.va - 22 hours 39 min ago
(Vatican Radio) Pilgrims visiting St Peter’s square during these final weeks of Advent can begin to enjoy a little reminder of Christmas at home, with the lighting up of  the...

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