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Mary, Mother of God

Today is the solemnity of Mary, the Mother of God. She was the mother of Jesus and the wife of St. Joseph. The title, Mother of God, was used by St. Elizabeth when Mary visited her before the birth of Jesus.
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James Goettsche, Vatican organist, pulls out all the stops

When he was a 13-year-old boy at Conception Seminary in Missouri, James Goettsche often slipped out of bed after midnight and secretly made his way into a nearby church.
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Cardinal Turkson says African Catholics have numbers, but faith must mature

"It is true that the church in Africa is thriving," Cardinal Turkson said. "But we also have had a certain type of catechesis that is not too deep. Traditional cultures and values are not too radically transformed by the values of the Gospel. We need a more deeply rooted experience of conversion."
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Philip Berrigan praised as ‘prophet of peace’ at Baltimore funeral Mass

Hundreds of people marched through the troubled, poverty-stricken streets of west Baltimore Dec. 9 to celebrate the life of controversial Catholic peace activist Philip Francis Berrigan.
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Twenty-five U.S. bishops may retire

WASHINGTON (CNS) -- Up to 25 U.S. bishops, including five cardinals, could retire because of age this year. There are 14 still-active U.S. bishops, including three cardinals, who have already turned 75. Eleven more, including two cardinals, will celebrate their 75th birthday in 2007. At age 75 bishops are requested to submit their resignation to...
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No room at the inn? Vatican Nativity scene gets more figures

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- The Vatican's 2006 Christmas tree did not turn out to be the tallest ever, but its Nativity scene is definitely the most populated. In addition to Mary, Joseph, the baby Jesus and the three kings, the creche in St. Peter's Square also features peasants, a flutist, a bagpipe player and a...
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Greek Orthodox archbishop to visit pope, announces Vatican

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Archbishop Christodoulos of Athens, spiritual leader of the Orthodox church of Greece, will visit Pope Benedict XVI Dec. 13-16, the Vatican announced.
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Baltimore meeting sets standards

BALTIMORE (CNS) -- Editors of 27 Catholic publications agreed on standard sizing and pricing for national and regional advertising on Internet sites at a December meeting in Baltimore. "We must have one foot in print, one in pixels," said Daniel Medinger, co-host of the meeting. Medinger is associate publisher of the Catholic Review, Baltimore archdiocesan...
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Cardinal condemns condom factory

LAGOS, Nigeria (CNS) -- A Nigerian cardinal has condemned the government's recent approval of a billion-dollar condom factory in Yenagoa. Cardinal Anthony Olubunmi Okogie of Lagos said the "condom is widely known not to be a safe protector against HIV/AIDS. It is widely acknowledged today that the safest measure against HIV/AIDS is abstinence."
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Some Islamic terms defined

WASHINGTON (CNS) -- Here are some terms commonly associated with Islam:
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Forums focus on benefits of nonpublic schools

With 36 new members of the House of Delegates and 11 new state senators set to be sworn in at the start of Maryland’s new legislative session in mid-January, Mary Ellen Russell thinks it’s imperative to educate lawmakers about the contributions of nonpublic schools. Especially at a time when increasing costs and declining enrollment have...
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Cardinal asks Gov-elect O’Malley for budget support

Cardinal William H. Keeler is asking Gov.-elect Martin J. O’Malley to provide budgetary support for programs benefiting nonpublic schools and women in crisis pregnancies. In a Dec. 12 letter, Cardinal Keeler urged the new governor to increase funding for a program providing nonreligious textbooks and technology for students in nonpublic schools. The allocation for the...
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