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L'Arche Workshop uses Bethlehem Commodity to Provide Work for Members

By Judith Sudilovsky Catholic News Service on 21-Dec-13 21:48.

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(Judith Sudilovsky Catholic News Service) - Activity was in full swing at the Ma'an lil-Hayat workshop as 16 adults shaped felted wool into round balls for a large order of sheep to fill people's Nativity scenes. "Now at Christmastime we have a lot of orders for sheep and grottos," said Rania Hawash, administrative assistant at the workshop.

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Joy of the Gospel Sells Out in Veritas Stores

By Susan Gately - Catholic Ireland on 21-Dec-13 10:03.

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(Susan Gately - CI) - Unprecedented interest has people queuing in Dublin store waiting for reprints to arrive. Pope Francis is “stirring the imagination of people” evoking an unprecedented interest in papal documents according to the Director of Ireland’s largest religious publishing house, Veritas.

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‘A gesture of love in a bag’ - the Vinnie Packs

By Independent Catholic News on 20-Dec-13 06:59.

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(Independent Catholic News) - The cold winter has crept up on us slowly this year but temperatures are heading towards freezing with every night that passes; and those who feel the effectsIn 2011 a simple idea was born. To combat the cold, the SVP began assembling ‘Vinnie Packs’ – a small collection of useful, daily items to be distributed to homeless people and those on the streets to provide them with comfort against the cold weather.

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Interview with Pope Francis about Christmas

By Vidimus Dominum - UISG on 14-Aug-13 07:36.

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(Vidimus Dominum) - “For me Christmas is hope and tenderness...”. Francis talks to “La Stampa” and “Vatican Insider” about his first Christmas as Bishop of Rome. We’re in Casa Santa Marta in the Vatican; it’s 12:50 in the afternoon on Tuesday 10 December. The Pope receives us in a room next to the dining hall. The meeting lasts an hour and a half. Twice during the course of the interview, the peaceful look which the whole world has grown accustomed to seeing on Francis’ face fades away when he talks about the innocent suffering of children and the tragedy of hunger in the world.

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New Devotional App Delivers Christian Content to any Device

By Catholic News Agency on 16-Dec-13 07:49.

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(Catholic News Agency) - A new multi-device content delivery system has been hailed as a “game-changer” for the way Christians receive devotional materials to help grow their faith. “The amount of Christian content available through iDisciple is unparalleled,” said Mike Kendrick, president and CEO of iDisciple.

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Christmas Lights Reflect Truth that Christ is Light of World, Pope Says

By Cindy Wooden - Catholic News Service on 14-Dec-13 19:02.

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(Cindy Wooden - CNS) -The lights glowing on the Christmas tree in St. Peter's Square, like Christmas lights everywhere, are reminders that Jesus is the light of the world, Pope Francis said. While he did not attend the Vatican's tree-lighting ceremony Dec. 13, the pope personally thanked the German donors and their Czech neighbors for the tree during an audience earlier in the day.

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Pope Francis Named TIME's "Person of the Year 2013"

By Zenit on 11-Dec-13 21:31.

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(Zenit) - The international news magazine chose to bestow the honor on the Holy Father largely because of his humility and compassion. "In a very short time, a vast, global, ecumenical audience has shown a hunger to follow him," TIME's managing editor, Nancy Gibbs, wrote in an article explaining their decision. "For pulling the papacy out of the palace and into the streets, for committing the world’s largest faith to confronting its deepest needs and for balancing judgment with mercy, Pope Francis is TIME’s 2013 Person of the Year."

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Church in Ireland on the way to renewal: Archbishop Martin

By Sarah Mac Donald - Catholic Ireland on 09-Dec-13 21:33.

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(Sarah McDonald - Catholic Ireland) - Archbishop Diarmuid Martin has said the Church in Ireland is on the way to renewal and this is evident from the packed churches he has encountered increasingly in recent weeks. “I believe that we are on the road to renewal in our Church,” he told parishioners packed into the Church of the Annunciation in Rathfarnham, Dublin on Sunday afternoon.

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Live joyfully, pray fervently and propose enthusiastically – Pope Francis on Vocation Ministry

By on 06-Dec-13 21:41.

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In his Apostolic Exhortation Evangelii Gaudium n.107: Pope Francis urges priests and religious to live joyfully and says that vocations are often the result of observing others who are living their vocations with a genuine fervour and desire to bring Christ to others. He also mentions the need for proper discernment and good formation.

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The World Mourns Nelson Mandela

By Independent Catholic News on 06-Dec-13 20:36.

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(Independent Catholic News) - Prayers are being said around the world for Nelson Mandela, following the announcement of his death late last night by the president of South Africa, Jacob Zuma. Mr Zuma said: "Fellow South Africans, our beloved Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela, the founding president of our democratic nation has departed. He is now resting. He is now at peace. Our nation has lost its greatest son. Our people have lost a father." Archbishop Desmond Tutu said: "How blessed we have been. He has become the most admired statesman in the world, an icon of forgiveness and reconciliation, a moral colossus ... wonderful man, wonderful, wonderful gift to us".

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"Chain of Hope" to Provide Assistance to St. John of God Hospital in Tanguiéta (Benin)

By OH-FBF Website on 06-Dec-13 07:43.

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The Humanitarian Association "Chain of Hope" will be providing assistance in the next few years at the hospital of the Brothers of Saint John of God at Tanguiéta (Benin).

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An Emergency We Must Not Ignore!

By OH-FBF Website on 04-Dec-13 07:41.

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Haiyan, the most massive cyclone of the year, has sown devastation in the Philippines. the level of the destruction it has caused is horrific. It is comparable to what Haiti suffered. And every day the situation gets worse.The Brothers of Saint John of God (Rome Province) have two Centres in the Philippines: the St. John of God Charity Polyclinic in Manila and the St Richard Pampuri Center at Amadeo-Cavite, where the Hospitaller Order delivers its typical health careand welfare activities every day of the year.

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International Conference to Explore ‘Vocation’ of Business

By Catholic News Agency on 03-Dec-13 07:40.

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(Catholic News Agency) - A conference for Catholic business leaders will meet in Thailand in March to discuss Catholic social teaching and the vocation of the business leader in the new evangelization.

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"The Disciples' Call"

By UK National Vocation Office Website& Bloomsbury Publishing on 02-Dec-13 07:22.

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(UK National Vocation Office) - A new book edited by Fr Christopher Jamison, Director of the National Office for Vocation has just come out: The Disciples' Call. The book is a collection of essays written by a number of authors on the theology of vocation. They trace the development of vocation from scriptural, patristic roots through Thomism and the Reformation to engage with the modern vocational crisis. - See more at: http://www.ukvocation.org/#sthash.R0KnCxYZ.dpuf

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Pope Francis to Dedicate 2015 to Consecrated Life

By Sarah Mac Donald - Catholic Ireland on 30-Nov-13 09:22.

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(Sarah McDonald - Catholic Ireland) - Pope Francis unexpectedly announced on Friday that 2015 will be a year dedicated to consecrated life. News of the Pope’s intention was made at the close of a meeting between the Pontiff and 120 superior generals of male religious orders.

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