Print edition of 12/15/2017
Home » Current edition: Friday, December 15, 2017
  • Elements of closed Boston churches find new life in Texas

    BRAINTREE -- Pews and stained-glass windows taken from now shuttered churches in the Archdiocese of Boston will be finding new life in a church in Texas. The St. Juan Diego Church in the Diocese of Brownsville, Texas, was still under construction when it celebrated its first Mass on Dec. 9. About 700 people attended the Mass, despite the church property containing no parking spaces, no bathrooms, and incomplete flooring and ceiling.

    Read more
This week's edition » Local News

Elements of closed Boston churches find new life in Texas


BRAINTREE -- Pews and stained-glass windows taken from now shuttered churches in the Archdiocese of Boston will be finding new life in a church in Texas. The St. Juan Diego Church in the Diocese of Brownsville, Texas, was still under construction when it celebrated its first Mass on Dec. 9. About 700 people attended the Mass, despite the church property containing no parking spaces, no bathrooms, and incomplete flooring and ceiling.

Read more

From Cardinal Seán's blog


Last Friday (12/1), I celebrated the funeral Mass of long-time Cathedral parishioner Mary McHale. Mary was 87 years old and was baptized at the cathedral. For a time her family lived in Canada, but she returned to the cathedral and became very active in the Legion of Mary.

Read more

Thomas More College launches Center for the Restoration of Christian Culture


MERRIMACK, N.H. -- Thomas More College of Liberal Arts announced Dec. 5 the inauguration of a new initiative: the Center for the Restoration of Christian Culture. Designed to preserve and enrich Christian culture and the teachings of the Church in New England, the center will promote active involvement of Christians in civic life, educate young people in the liberal arts, and protect and encourage a healthy family life.

Read more
This week's edition » National News

Chaplain says 40 years with bowl-bound Badgers 'a wonderful experience'


MADISON, Wis. (CNS) -- When the Wisconsin Badgers' football team travels to the Orange Bowl to play Miami Dec. 30, the players will take a 12-1 record with them -- one of the best in team history. Accompanying them will be Msgr. Michael Burke -- better known as "Father Mike" to the coaches and players. He has been the team's chaplain for 40 years.

Read more

Study: Number of Americans who view Christmas as religious keeps eroding


WASHINGTON (CNS) -- The percentage of Americans who see Christmas as a religious holiday continues to slide across nearly all demographic lines. In a telephone survey of 1,503 U.S. adults conducted Nov. 28-Dec. 4 for the Pew Research Center, 55 percent said they mark Christmas as a religious holiday. The figure in 2013, when Pew last asked this question, was 59 percent.

Read more
 
This week's edition » International News

Bishops condemn selling of Nigerians into slavery in Libya


LAGOS, Nigeria (CNS) -- A trio of Nigerian bishops condemned the enslavement of Nigerians who traveled to Libya for work, calling the practice a horrific abuse of human dignity. Bishop Joseph Bagobiri of Kafanchan, retired Archbishop Alaba Job of Ibadan and retired Bishop Julius Adelakun of Oyo called on the Nigerian government to act on behalf of Nigerian nationals in Libya and elsewhere who have been victimized by modern-day slave traders.

Read more

Delicate art of diplomacy needed to build peaceful future, pope says


VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Diplomats share a responsibility to educate future generations about the importance of dialogue and reconciliation in maintaining peace, Pope Francis said. In a speech Dec. 14 to seven new diplomats accredited to the Vatican, the pope said young people today need to learn "the delicate art of diplomacy and the arduous craft of nation-building."

Read more

Lebanon's religious oppose Trump's Jerusalem move; Jordanians march


BEIRUT (CNS) -- Lebanon's Christian and Muslim leaders denounced the "unjust" decision of U.S. President Donald Trump to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital and demanded that it be reversed. In a Dec. 14 statement at the end of an interreligious summit, the leaders said "that, in addition to violating the laws and international charters," the decision ignores the fact that Jerusalem is a city holy to Christians, Muslims and Jews.

Read more

God does not lead us into temptation, Satan does, pope says


VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- The Italian and English translations of the "Our Father" can give believers the wrong impression that God can and does lead people into temptation, Pope Francis said. The Italian bishops' television channel, TV2000, has been broadcasting a series of conversations between the pope and a Catholic prison chaplain looking at the Lord's Prayer line by line.

Read more

Contact sports: Vatican official connects the church and athletes


VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- After more than four years in office, Pope Francis probably has one of the world's largest collections of authentic soccer-team shirts. He receives them and other sports paraphernalia during meetings with pro athletes where he encourages them to be models of virtue for their younger fans.

Read more

Sunday has lost its sense as day of rest, renewal in Christ, pope says


VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Just like a plant needs sun and nourishment to survive, every Christian needs the light of Sunday and the sustenance of the Eucharist to truly live, Pope Francis said. "How can we carry out the Gospel without drawing the energy needed to do it, one Sunday after another, from the limitless source of the Eucharist," he said Dec. 13 during his weekly general audience.

Read more