New missionary spirit needed in Americas, says Benedict

December 17, 2012
CAROL GLATZ
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

VATICAN CITY – The universal Church needs Catholics in the Americas who are joyful missionaries, well-catechized and faithful to the teachings of the Church, Pope Benedict said.

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People need help in developing from 'initial moment of faith,' says preacher

December 17, 2012
CINDY WOODEN
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

VATICAN CITY – The Catholic Church can learn something from other Christians about the initial step of bringing people to faith in Jesus, said the preacher of the papal household.

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Irish oppose abortion

December 17, 2012

Pro-life demonstrators hold signs during a candlelight vigil outside the Irish parliament in Dublin Dec. 4.

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Catholic beliefs are not open to popular vote – pope

Pope Benedict

December 17, 2012

When the Catholic Church affirms the importance of how all the faithful understand matters of faith and morals, it is not saying Catholic beliefs are open to a popular vote, Pope Benedict said.

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New ‘Pope App’ streams papal events live

December 17, 2012

The Vatican is offering a new app that provides live streaming of papal events and video feeds from the Vatican’s six webcams.

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Pope gathers followers with @Pontifex

December 17, 2012

To celebrate the launch of his new Twitter account, Pope Benedict will tweet the answers to a handful of questions from his followers.

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Catholic jazz pianist Dave Brubeck dies

Dave Brubeck

December 17, 2012

Dave Brubeck, the influential pianist whose composition Take Five became a standard in the annals of jazz, died of heart failure Dec. 5, one day before his 92nd birthday.

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Guide helps navigate ‘media-saturated’ culture

December 17, 2012

Every time you ask a question about your TV, even if it doesn’t answer back, you’re doing the right thing.

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Congo’s bishops want nation left intact

December 17, 2012

As negotiations between the Congolese government and rebels were to begin, the nation’s bishops warned that any agreement should not “sell out the unity of the Congolese nation.”

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Law allowing embryo research shocks bishops

December 17, 2012

The French bishops described as “shocking” the French Senate’s approval of a law permitting the use of human embryos for stem-cell research.

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