Midnight Mass and Concert on Christmas Eve

The 88th annual broadcast of Midnight Mass from the Cathedral of St. Catherine of Alexandria will be available on Newstalk 610 CKTB at www.610cktb.com. Christmas music by the Cathedral choir conducted by Lucas Chorosinski Begins at 11:30 p.m. The Roman Catholic Cathedral of St. Catherine of Alexandria is located at 3 Lyman Street,  St. Catharines, Ontario L2R 5M8 Canada

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New Jersey bishop opposes contraception bill removing religious exemption

Metuchen, N.J., Dec 13, 2019 / 08:40 pm (CNA).- A New Jersey bishop is calling on legislators to amend a bill that would force religious groups to fund contraceptive coverage for their employees, even if doing so violates their religious convictions.

“Legislation (S3804/A5508) is now being considered in the New Jersey legislature which eliminates the long-standing religious employers’ exemption in the current law,” said Bishop James Checchio of Metuchen.

“Eliminating the religious employers’ exemption would essentially force religious organizations to pay for medications, including abortion causing drugs, sterilizations and other procedures which violate our fundamental belief that all life, from conception to natural death, is sacred,” he said in a Dec. 10 statement.

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Vatican officials used tangled web of transactions to fund bankrupt Italian hospital…

Using costly methods that appear deceptive, Vatican officials diverted 50 million euros belonging to the Bambino Gesù children’s hospital in Rome to guarantee a loan for the same amount to a bankrupt Italian dermatology hospital in 2014, despite warnings from the cardinal appointed to oversee financial transparency not to go ahead with the transaction…

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Brother James Miller, America’s newest blessed…

Over the last few weeks, there has been considerable attention given to an American whom the Church was preparing to beatify — Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen. The attention on Sheen makes sense — even beyond the drama of the ups and downs of his cause for canonization — since he is probably the most influential American Catholic of all time…

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The fascinating link between Lepanto and Our Lady of Guadalupe…

Recently, much attention has been given to the 1571 Battle of Lepanto, where the outnumbered Christian alliance defeated the Muslim Turks, protecting Europe from the further spread of Islam. As I’ve discovered while researching a new book, this battle was certainly miraculous and should be a great sign of hope for us living in these uncertain times…

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Pope Francis taps Minnesota farm boy to lead Sioux Falls diocese…

Pope Francis Thursday accepted the resignation of Bishop Paul Joseph Swain of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, and appointed Minnesota priest Fr. Donald Edward DeGrood as his successor. Bishop of Sioux Falls since 2006, Bishop Swain’s resignation was accepted after he reached in 2018 the age of 75, the minimum age of retirement for diocesan bishops…

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