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Vatican leads talks to expand testing, care of HIV-positive kids

Responding to the deaths of tens of thousands of children from AIDS and AIDS-related illnesses, the Vatican brought together physicians and representatives of drug companies and humanitarian agencies to strategize ways to improve care for children and adolescents who are HIV-positive.
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Sister Elizabeth Anne Corcoran, RSM, was face of Mercy Medical Center

Sister Elizabeth Anne Corcoran, who was born at what is now Mercy Medical Center, received a portion of her education there and over nearly six decades of service became a face of the institution, died Dec. 5 at Stella Maris Hospice in Timonium.
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Pope to make historic visit to United Arab Emirates in February

Pope Francis will visit the United Arab Emirates next year, becoming the first pope to visit the Arabian Peninsula, the Vatican announced.
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Add art to Advent preparation

If you’re looking for an artful way to prioritize Christ this Advent season, visit the Walters Art Museum in Baltimore.
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Nation’s 43rd president says his late father was ‘a great and noble man’

"Dad could relate to people of all walks of life," he said. "He valued character over pedigree and looked for the good in each person -- and he usually found it."
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Advent calendars: Old tradition and modern commercialism, same message

Today, the Advent calendar runs the gamut from religious to political or sports themes and range from simple to expensive.
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Ethicist: Gene-editing human embryos ‘a train wreck of a thing to do’

The revelation in late November that a Chinese researcher had edited genes in human embryos and then implanted them in a woman was "a train wreck of a thing to do," said an ethicist at the National Catholic Bioethics Center in Philadelphia.
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Pope’s white Lamborghini up for raffle; winner gets trip to Rome

The winner gets airfare to Rome, accommodation in a four-star hotel and a private ceremony of receiving the new car keys “in the presence of Pope Francis and Lamborghini CEO, Stefano Domenicali” at the Vatican, according to the fundraising page.
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Southern Anne Arundel pastorate in the making boosts seminarian-led outreach

Coordinated by the seminarians’ Peace and Justice Committee, the Christmas gift-giving program benefits students from Baltimore’s Mother Seton Academy and children whose families are clients of Project PLASE, which addresses homelessness in Baltimore.
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If gay priests, religious can’t be celibate, they should leave, pope says

The Catholic Church has been slow to recognize the presence of homosexual men in the priesthood, which is why superiors must exercise care in helping gay candidates prepare for a life of celibacy or leave the seminary, Pope Francis said.
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Thanks to Coach Clatchey, Mount St. Joseph alums dot the basketball map

The University of Maryland men’s basketball team which plays in Baltimore Dec. 8 includes two starters from Mount St. Joseph High, where coach Pat Clatchey has built a distinctive record of success.
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Illegal drug makers, dealers are traffickers of death, pope says

Everyone must help in the fight against drugs, particularly governments which are called to confront the "traffickers of death" who produce, distribute or sell addictive substances, Pope Francis said.
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