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Pope thanks his envoy to UN for promoting Vatican viewpoint (Vatican Radio)

2 hours 45 min ago
In an interview with Vatican Radio, Archbishop Bernadito Auza (the Holy See’s envoy to the UN) discussed nuclear weapons and migration.

Former Archbishop Alphonsus Penney dead at 93 (CBC News)

2 hours 45 min ago
The Canadian prelate resigned in 1990 when a commission found that he likely lied about his knowledge of clerical abuse in his archdiocese.

North American Orthodox-Catholic dialogue critiques document on primacy, synodality (USCCB)

2 hours 45 min ago
In 2016, the Joint International Commission for Theological Dialogue between the Roman Catholic Church and the Orthodox Church met in Chieti, Italy, and published “Synodality and Primacy in the First Millennium”. The North American Orthodox - Catholic Theological Consultation has issued an 8-page friendly critique of the Chieti document. Dated 10/28, the critique was released by the USCCB on 12/14.

Pope Francis preaches on God's tenderness (Vatican Radio)

2 hours 45 min ago
The Pope preached on Isaiah 41:13-20 during his 12/14 weekday Mass.

Europe's growing Muslim population (Pew Research Center)

2 hours 45 min ago
Europe is currently 4.9% Muslim. By 2050, the continent’s Muslim population is expected to rise to 11% (medium projection) or even 14% (high projection).

Hormonal birth control is linked to a higher risk of suicide, study says (Time)

3 hours 45 min ago
“Among women who used hormonal contraceptives currently or recently, the risk of attempting suicide was nearly double that of women who had never used contraceptives,” according to a study published in the American Journal of Psychiatry. “The risk was triple for suicide.”

Papal audiences (12/14) (Vatican Press Office)

3 hours 45 min ago
In separate audiences, Pope Francis received 7 new ambassadors to the Holy See, Cardinal Sean O’Malley of Boston, Cardinal Kurt Koch (president of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity), Archbishop Bernardito Auza, (the Holy See’s Permanent Observer at the UN in New York), the leaders of the World Evangelical Alliance, and members of the Populorum Progressio Foundation.

Resignations and appointments (12/14) (Vatican Press Office)

3 hours 45 min ago
The Pontiff appointed a French historian to the Pontifical Committee of Historical Sciences.

Iraqi bishop recalls his abduction, torture in new book (World Watch Monitor)

Thu, 12/14/2017 - 04:12
Bishop Saad Sirop Hanna, then a priest, suffered torture during his 27-day abduction in 2006. He is now apostolic visitor for Chaldean Catholics residing in Europe.

Shrinking majority of Americans believe that biblical account of birth of Jesus depicts actual events (Pew Research Center)

Thu, 12/14/2017 - 04:12
According to a new survey, 66% of Americans believe that Jesus was born to a virgin—down from 73% in 2013. Only 55% of those born after 1980 believe in the virgin birth. 51% of Americans, and 40% of those born after 1980, plan to attend church on December 24 or 25.

Largely Catholic Asian nation elects Muslim prime minister (Fides)

Thu, 12/14/2017 - 04:12
Timor-Leste (East Timor), a nation of 1.3 million, is 97% Catholic.

Belarus: Baptists maltreated, fined for offering religious literature (Forum 18)

Thu, 12/14/2017 - 04:12
The nation of 9.6 million is 48% Orthodox and 7% Catholic. 41% are nonbelievers.

Mexico: 2 dancers murdered while honoring Our Lady of Guadalupe (Fides)

Thu, 12/14/2017 - 04:12
“These murders are not like the others, although it must be said that no homicide is good, but these people were not at a party or getting drunk, they were ... dancing for the Virgin of Guadalupe, in an act of faith and love,” said the bishop of Ciudad Juárez.