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Papal preacher devotes 1st Advent sermon to Christ and creation, recalls Teilhard de Chardin (full text) (

Sat, 12/16/2017 - 7:12 AM
Father Raniero Cantalamessa, preacher to the papal household since 1980, preached his 1st Advent sermon on 12/15. The sermon, devoted to Christ and creation, has 4 sections: “The Earth Was Void,” “The Cosmic Vision of Teilhard de Chardin” (a vision that Cantalamessa praises with reservations), “The Spirit of Christ,” and “How Christ Acts in Creation.” In 1962, the Holy Office issued a warning about the writings of Teilhard, a French Jesuit who had died in 1955.

Vatican newspaper: funerals are crucial moments in the new evangelization (CWN)

Sat, 12/16/2017 - 2:12 AM

In a front-page L’Osservatore Romano op-ed, Italian historian Lucetta Scaraffia said that a time of declining religious practice, funerals are important occasions for the new evangelization.

Syria missed 'golden opportunity' at peace talks, says UN mediator (Deutsche Welle)

Sat, 12/16/2017 - 1:12 AM
L’Osservatore Romano (12/16 Italian ed.) devoted front-page coverage to this story.

FCC repeals net neutrality rules (New York Times)

Sat, 12/16/2017 - 12:12 AM
In 2015 and again last month, the US bishops’ conference lent its support to net neutrality regulations.

Trump says US wants Russia's help on North Korea (Reuters)

Fri, 12/15/2017 - 11:12 PM
L’Osservatore Romano (12/16 Italian ed.) devoted front-page coverage to this story, with the headline “Harmony between Moscow and Washington on the North Korean crisis.”

Protestant pastor in Indonesia charged with blasphemy (UCANews)

Fri, 12/15/2017 - 5:12 AM
Over 100 Indonesians have faced blasphemy charges since 2005; this case is the first involving a Christian leader.

+Father Andrew Apostoli, 75 (National Catholic Register)

Fri, 12/15/2017 - 5:12 AM
The priest was co-founder of the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal.

Mali bishops' official warns of rising jihadist influence in region (Fides)

Fri, 12/15/2017 - 5:12 AM
The African nation of 17.5 million is 95% Muslim and 2% Christian.

Indian prime minister attacks archbishop over pastoral letter on state election (National Catholic Register)

Fri, 12/15/2017 - 5:12 AM
Archbishop Thomas Macwan of Gandhinagar warned that rising Hindu nationalism threatens religious freedom and democracy in India.

Priest discusses silent missionary witness in Afghanistan (Fides)

Fri, 12/15/2017 - 5:12 AM
From 1990 to 2015, Father Giuseppe Moretti served as a missionary in Afghanistan, where evangelization is outlawed.

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

Fri, 12/15/2017 - 4:12 AM
In an interview with Vatican Radio, Archbishop Bernadito Auza (the Holy See’s envoy to the UN) discussed nuclear weapons and migration.

+Archbishop Alphonsus Penney, 93 (CBC News)

Fri, 12/15/2017 - 4:12 AM
The Canadian prelate resigned in 1990 when a commission found that he likely lied about his knowledge of clerical abuse in his archdiocese.

Post-ISIS, the first Catholic church is reconsecrated on Nineveh Plains (Aid to the Church in Need)

Fri, 12/15/2017 - 4:12 AM
Telleskuf (also known as Tesqopa) was a largely Catholic town of 11,000 before its capture by ISIS. The Hungarian government and Aid to the Church in Need funded the church’s reconstruction.

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

Fri, 12/15/2017 - 4:12 AM
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)

Fri, 12/15/2017 - 4:12 AM
The Pope preached on Isaiah 41:13-20 during his 12/14 weekday Mass.

Europe's growing Muslim population (Pew Research Center)

Fri, 12/15/2017 - 4:12 AM
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).