‘Saint Nicholas’ makes surprise appearance in Saint Peter’s Square

Vatican City, Dec 3, 2015 / 12:46 pm (CNA).- A surprise visitor to St. Peter’s Square during the general audience yesterday was met with a warm welcome. A “Saint Nicholas” in full costume came all the way from Germany to offer some holiday cheer.  Wolfgang Georg Kimmig-Liebe is the man who brought the well-known saint to life. And this is not the first time he visited the Vatican – in 2007, he received a blessing from then-Pope Benedict … [Read more...]

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Spain’s Catholics protest blasphemous art exhibit, but city council won’t act

Pamplona, Spain, Dec 3, 2015 / 06:07 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Despite protests from thousands of Spaniards opposed to the desecration of the Eucharist, the Pamplona city council has failed to pass a proposal to remove a sacrilegious art exhibit from a publicly funded exhibition hall. The exhibit involved the theft of more than 240 consecrated Hosts from Mass. Artist Abel Azcona stole the Hosts by pretending to receive Holy Communion at Mass, and then placed the Hosts on the ground to form the … [Read more...]

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Spain’s Catholics protest blasphemous art exhibit, but city council won’t act

Pamplona, Spain, Dec 3, 2015 / 06:07 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Despite protests from thousands of Spaniards opposed to the desecration of the Eucharist, the Pamplona city council has failed to pass a proposal to remove a sacrilegious art exhibit from a publicly funded exhibition hall. The exhibit involved the theft of more than 240 consecrated Hosts from Mass. Artist Abel Azcona stole the Hosts by pretending to receive Holy Communion at Mass, and then placed the Hosts on the ground to form the … [Read more...]

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The ‘great secret’ of San Francisco’s AIDS response

San Francisco, Calif., Dec 3, 2015 / 03:12 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The early days of the AIDS epidemic of San Francisco marked a time of fear, uncertainty and suffering. But amid the anxiety and confusion, those in need of treatment and care found one of their biggest advocates and supporters in the Catholic Church.  “I always think it’s one of the great secrets of San Francisco County that Archbishop Quinn and Catholic Charities reached out very early on in the epidemic … [Read more...]

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What Argentina’s bishops are proposing to drug traffickers

Buenos Aires, Argentina, Dec 3, 2015 / 12:04 am (CNA).- The Argentine bishops' conference issued “a strong call to conversion” to those involved in drug trafficking and dealing, urging them to take advantage of the Church’s Jubilee Year of Mercy which begins Dec. 8. “We are especially addressing those who belong to criminal groups, those who look with indifference upon the tragedy their brothers are going through, those who are collaborating by omission or … [Read more...]

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Jihadists arrested for threats against Pope Francis, no specific plot known

Vatican City, Dec 2, 2015 / 05:24 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Four alleged terrorist sympathizers who made internet threats against Pope Francis have been arrested. While Italian authorities described them as “highly dangerous,” they said they did not appear to be involved in any specific plot. “They were threatening the Pope, celebrating the recent attacks in Paris and threatening the former U.S. ambassador to Kosovo,” said Carmine Esposito, a police chief in the northern … [Read more...]

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San Bernardino bishop offers prayers in wake of mass shooting

San Bernardino, Calif., Dec 2, 2015 / 03:38 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Bishop Gerald R. Barnes of the Diocese of San Bernardino, Calif. requested prayers and offered his own after at least one gunman left more than a dozen dead at a social services facility in the city. “Please join me in praying for all of the victims of this horrific incident and their families,” he said in a statement Wednesday afternoon. “For those who lost their lives, we pray for their eternal rest and … [Read more...]

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