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Pope: Mary shows what good comes from wholehearted 'yes' to God
Pope: Mary shows what good comes from wholehearted 'yes' to God CNS photo by Paul Haring
December 8, 2016

Although she was just a humble young woman from a small town, Mary's total "yes" to God was "the most important 'yes' of history" and overturned Adam and Eve's prideful "no," which unleashed sin into the world, Pope Francis said.

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Vatican updates guidelines for educating priests
December 7, 2016

The Catholic Church needs holy, healthy and humble priests and that requires prayers for vocations and the careful selection and training of candidates, said the Congregation for Clergy.

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Amid the darkness, hold fast to light of hope, pope says
December 7, 2016

Christian hope is not the same as being optimistic about the future, but is knowing that whatever dark or frightening things are going on in one's life, God is there offering protection and light, Pope Francis said.

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Paper's 1941 war edition expressed faith, patriotism of island Catholics
December 7, 2016

"Our beloved country is at war. Our peaceful shores have been ruthlessly attacked, and all citizens are called upon to unite their efforts toward that peace for which we have all prayed, that peace which the world cannot give, and that peace which God will surely bring about when mankind has seen its folly and conforms its ways to his."

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Oakland bishop prays for victims, first responders in warehouse fire
Oakland bishop prays for victims, first responders in warehouse fire
December 6, 2016

In response to the Dec. 2 fire that erupted in an Oakland warehouse, Bishop Michael J. Barber of Oakland said in a statement that his "prayers and thoughts are with all those who have died or are suffering from the tragic fire."

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Vatican commission launches child protection website
December 6, 2016

The Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors has launched a beta version of its website in English and has included its template for local guidelines on preventing sexual abuse, resources for a day of prayer for the victims and survivors as well as a mailing address to contact commission members.

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Pope: At Christmas, recognize your sin and let God caress you
December 6, 2016

At Christmas, God reveals his full power, which is the power of relentlessly seeking his lost sheep and, when he finds them, giving them a caress, Pope Francis said.

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Hopes for Sheen transfer still high despite granting of emergency stay
Hopes for Sheen transfer still high despite granting of emergency stay
December 6, 2016

Hopes buoyed in the Diocese of Peoria by a Nov. 17 court ruling allowing Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen's family to transfer the sainthood candidate's remains from New York to Peoria were tempered by an emergency stay being granted to the Archdiocese of New York, which planned to appeal the ruling.

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Father McDonald; founding pastor in North Chili
Father McDonald; founding pastor in North Chili
December 5, 2016

Father Elmer J. McDonald, a priest of the Diocese of Rochester for 67 years and the founding pastor of St. Christopher Parish in North Chili, died Dec. 4, 2016, at the Sisters of St. Joseph Motherhouse in Pittsford. He was 92 years old.

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