Cardinal Bo’s Homily for Holy Family Feast

Dear Brothers and Sister in Christ.

Merry Christmas.  

Happy Feast to all of you families.  Special prayers to parents who are skillfully holding on to the integrity of the family during these challenging times.  Let there be more blessings to each one of you.  Let the families be healed. Let the families be released from the grip of all challenges.  Let the new year come with a dawn of hope.  Christ is in charge.

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Holy Father’s Message to Participants in 43rd European Meeting Animated by Community of Taize

Here is a translation of the Message sent, in the name of the Holy Father Francis, by the Cardinal Secretary of State Pietro Parolin, to the participants in the 43rd European Meeting animated by the Community of Taize, being held online this year due to the pandemic, from December 27, 2020, to January 1, 2021, on the theme: “Hoping in Season and Out of Season.”

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The Message

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Cardinal Vincent Nichols’ Homily for Christmas Midnight Mass

At this time, every year, we hear these words: ‘The people that walked in darkness have seen a great light’. Familiar words indeed, and easily left unheeded. But this year the darkness is more immediate, more encircling. Knowing the darkness helps us to appreciate the light.

In the darkness of this pandemic so many of our comfortable assumptions are being shaken. Here we are, celebrating Christmas, yet deprived of the greetings, hugs, kisses, and handshakes that normally fill this day. We are living in a time in which the loneliness that some always feel at Christmas is painfully touching so many. Family bonds are being tested by these restrictions; those in hospital and care homes long to see their loved ones, with a pain that cannot be eased. Some, I believe, fade away from sheer loneliness. The darkness is deep.

Yet light penetrates this present darkness. Have we not seen these months of difficulty marked by countless acts of random kindness, quiet heroism, selfless service, remarkable community efforts, all directed towards those most in need? In our nature, in our make-up, there is an indomitable spirit of goodness that responds with sacrifice and love. It is the spark of the divine within us, the sense of a life in essence never private but shared with others, with the whole of creation.

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Pope at Angelus: Christian witnesses turn evil into good with love

Pope Francis leads the recitation of the Angelus prayer Dec. 27, 2020, from the library of the Apostolic Palace. Marking the feast of the Holy Family, Pope Francis announced the Catholic Church will observe a special year dedicated to the family from March 19, 2021, to June 26, 2022. (CNS photo/Vatican Media)

At the Angelus prayer on the feast of Saint Stephen, Pope Francis urges Christians to witness to faith in Christ, by repaying evil with good and breaking the cycle of hatred with love.

December 27, 2020

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Massachusetts governor vetoes extreme pro-abortion bill the day after Christmas

Boston, Mass., Dec 27, 2020 / 11:00 am (CNA).- Charlie Baker, the pro-choice Republican governor of Massachusetts, vetoed a bill that would legalize abortions up to birth and lower to 16 the age for girls to get abortions without a parent’s knowledge or consent.

The state House and Senate have sent the bill to Gov. Charlie Baker on Tuesday, December 22nd, rejecting changes he made earlier this month to limit the expansion of late-term abortions and to require parental consent before underage girls get abortions.

Explaining his decision to veto the bill, Baker insisted that although he supports abortion “I cannot support the sections of this proposal that expand the availability of late-term abortions and permit minors age 16 and 17 to get an abortion without the consent of a parent or guardian.”

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