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Christmas proclaims hope, charity where fear reigns, pope says

By Junno Arocho Esteves, Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Christmas calls believers to see God’s presence where he is often perceived as absent, especially in the “unwelcomed visitor, often unrecognizable, who walks through our cities and our neighborhoods, who travels on our buses and knocks on our doors,”…


The ‘hurt is still there,’ says Cardinal O’Malley at news conference

By Mark Labbe Catholic News Service BRAINTREE, Mass. (CNS) — Journalists crowded into a room in the Archdiocese of Boston’s Braintree headquarters Dec. 20 as Cardinal Sean P. O’Malley answered questions following the death of Cardinal Bernard F. Law, whose death was officially announced by the Vatican earlier that day….



Creche crush: D.C. couple has collection of 500 Nativity scenes

By Mark Pattison Catholic News Service WASHINGTON (CNS) — For Roger and Marguerite Sullivan of Washington, Christmas really is the most wonderful time of the year. Thanks to their travels throughout the world over the past 40 years — he for the World Bank, she for the State Department —…


Cardinal Law’s funeral celebrated at Vatican

By Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Cardinal Bernard F. Law, who resigned as archbishop of Boston when it became clear he had knowingly transferred priests accused of sexually abusing children, made mistakes as all people do, Cardinal Angelo Sodano said at his funeral. Cardinal Sodano, as dean of…




2018 Light the Way Award recipients announced: See the honorees

From the Catholic Schools of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Syracuse: The Catholic Schools of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Syracuse announce their 12th Annual Light the Way Scholarship Dinner, to be held Friday, January 26, at the Marriott Syracuse Downtown. The event is sponsored in part by M&T Bank,…


Ruth Pesane, 97, recalled as loving, generous, talented

She was married to Luke for 75 years; they met at a dance hall on Butternut Street   By Tom Maguire Associate editor Luke Pesane can’t recall exactly how he worked up the nerve to approach Ruth Guckert that night in the mid-1930s at the dance hall on Butternut Street in Syracuse….


Get to Mass early; don’t calculate how late you can be, pope says

By Carol Glatz Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Don’t be late for Mass believing the introductory rites do not matter, Pope Francis told visitors and pilgrims. The words and gestures that open the celebration help the faithful come together as one and prepare them to listen to the…