How to object to the use of aborted fetal cell lines in the production of COVID-19 vaccines…

The 2005 guidance from the Pontifical Academy for Life (PAL), “Moral Reflections on Vaccines Prepared From Cells Derived From Aborted Human Fetuses,” told us to end the practice of using abortion-tainted vaccines and demand ethical alternatives. These same principles are reaffirmed in the new statement the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith has released regarding the new COVID-19 vaccines that are now becoming available.

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Ahead of Pope’s visit, Iraqi parliament formally and unanimously declares Christmas a national holiday…

In a move some have said is already a direct result of Pope Francis’s highly anticipated visit to the country in March, Iraqi parliament earlier this week voted to establish Christmas as an annual national holiday. The vote, which took place Dec. 16, was unanimous and goes into effect this year, meaning that for all of its woes, 2020 will have at least one silver lining for the Iraqi Christian community.

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Christ was ‘born to raise the sons of earth’ — so don’t be afraid to go to Confession!…

Hark! The Herald Angels Sing! is one of my favorite Christmas hymns, precisely because it showcases this notion of Jesus’ coming as the work of reconciliation. Charles Wesley and George Whitefield, the founders of Methodism, were its authors, publishing it in 1739. Sin as the problem that makes Christmas necessary is right up front.

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God yearns to forgive your sins, says St. John Vianney — so don’t be afraid to go to Confession!…

The sacrament of Penance has become unpopular in recent decades. Pride, fear, embarrassment and the denial of sin itself keep many of the laity away. Simultaneously, especially considering its eternal ramifications, the topic of Confession rarely receives the attention it deserves from the pulpit…

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