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Artists begin work on Vatican Christmas nativity – out of sand

Construction begins on 2018 Vatican Nativity scene. Credit: City of Jesolo. Vatican City, Nov 17, 2018 / 04:25 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Vatican’s nativity scene will be a little bit different this year. In a departure from the traditional Neapolitan or Maltese figures of recent years, the scene of Christ’s birth will be entirely sculpted ...

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Pope Francis: Include the Holy Spirit in art, theology

Pope Francis at the general audience May 23, 2018. Credit: Daniel Ibanez/CNA. Vatican City, Nov 17, 2018 / 05:34 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In the face of the difficulties of the modern-age, artists and theologians need the inspiration of the Holy Spirit – the source of joy and hope, Pope Francis said Saturday, during the awarding of the 2018 Ratzinger Prize. ...

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Pope creates class on ‘Sciences of Peace’ at Lateran University

Pope Francis at the General Audience in St. Peter’s Square, May 2, 2018. Credit: Daniel Ibanez/CNA. Rome, Italy, Nov 17, 2018 / 04:01 am (CNA).- Pope Francis Monday established a curriculum in Sciences of Peace at the Pontifical Lateran University, involving the “pope’s university” because of the special bond it has with the Holy See in a project to “foster ...

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Pope Francis calls restrictions to religious freedom a 'white martyrdom'

Pope Francis meets with members of the Order of the Holy Sepulchre in the Vatican’s Clementine Hall, Nov. 16, 2018. Credit: Vatican Media. Vatican City, Nov 16, 2018 / 02:06 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- There is the bloody martyrdom of Christians killed for their faith, but also another “martyrdom” which takes place when religious freedom is unjustly limited, Pope Francis said ...

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Mexican bishops discussing commission to address abuse of minors

Mexico City cathedral. Credit: Diego Grandi/Shutterstock. Mexico City, Mexico, Nov 16, 2018 / 03:33 pm (ACI Prensa).- As part of their work at the 106th Plenary Assembly, the Mexican Bishops’ Conference (CEM) is discussing and could approve a commission for the protection of minors, to deal with cases of sexual abuse in all the dioceses of the country. The CEM ...

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Religious sisters in Cameroon released one day after kidnapping

Credit: Rainier Lesniewski/Shutterstock. Yaoundé, Cameroon, Nov 16, 2018 / 04:03 pm (CNA).- Three Franciscan sisters and 13 novices travelling from Bamenda to Shisong in Northwest Cameroon have been released, after they were captured by separatist fighters in the small village of Bamessing yesterday. The hostage-takers were positively identified by an ecclesiastical source as the “Amba boys” – separatist fighters using ...

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Italy should get back taxes from Vatican, court rules

A view of St. Peter’s Basilica from the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross. Credit: Alexey Gotovskiy/CNA. Rome, Italy, Nov 16, 2018 / 06:27 pm (CNA).- Catholic leaders are open to discussing with the Italian government a court ruling saying Italy has the right to recover millions of dollars from the Church from a previous tax exemption. According to DW, ...

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Cupich and Wuerl collaborated on alternative sex abuse proposal

he USCCB autumn General Assembly in Baltimore, Md., Nov. 12, 2018. Credit: Christine Rousselle/CNA Washington D.C., Nov 16, 2018 / 06:56 pm (CNA).- Cardinal Blase Cupich of Chicago and Cardinal Donald Wuerl of Washington collaborated extensively on a recently proposed policy for handling abuse allegations against bishops, CNA has learned. Cupich submitted the plan Tuesday to leaders of the U.S. ...

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Underground bishop in China reported missing

St Paul’s Cathedral in Wenzhou. Credit: 三猎 via Wikimedia (CC BY-SA 4.0). Wenzhou, China, Nov 16, 2018 / 05:01 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A Vatican-appointed Chinese bishop has reportedly been taken into custody by the government and is undergoing “isolation and indoctrination.” This is Peter Shao Zhumin’s fifth arrest in just two years as a bishop. Chinese police have recently been ...

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