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Second Week of Advent

Bishop Baker writes for the second week of Advent: Preparing our Hearts. See his article in the Dec. 8 issue of the One Voice.

Polish lawmakers consider closing shops on Sundays

Polish lawmakers consider closing shops on Sundays

By CNA/EWTN News

Poland could gradually end Sunday shopping in the next three years, if lawmakers approve a bill under consideration in the national legislature.

Backers of the legislation want to make it possible for workers to spend more time with their families, the British magazine The Catholic Herald reports. The bill was initially supported by trade unions, then received support from the Law and Justice Party, Poland’s ruling party.

Poland’s lower house, the Sejm, passed the bill by a vote of…

What are banned from DC buses? Catholic Christmas ads.

What are banned from DC buses? Catholic Christmas ads.

By Kevin J. Jones, CNA/EWTN News

Christmas-themed ads about the “perfect gift” of the Advent season have been wrongly barred from District of Columbia buses, the Archdiocese of Washington has said in a lawsuit challenging a policy of the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority against religious ads.

“Really the issue here isn’t so much our specific ad, or how we present it,” said Ed McFadden, the archdiocese’s secretary for communications. “It’s shutting down our ability to promote our faith or…

Spanish Planned Parenthood subsidiary stripped of government benefits

Spanish Planned Parenthood subsidiary stripped of government benefits

By ACI Prensa

Spain’s National Court has ruled that the Family Planning Federation, a subsidiary of Planned Parenthood International, can no longer be designated as a “public service organization” in Spain.

Under Spanish law, an organization qualified as a public service organization receives numerous tax, economic, administrative and legal benefits.  

The Spanish subsidiarity of the International Planned Parenthood Federation lost its designation in May 2016, when it was discovered the group had been illegally financed for seven years. The…

Bishop Baker gives thanks

Look for Bishop Baker's Thanksgiving message in the Nov. 24 issue of the One Voice.

Dinners, deliveries and drives: how some Catholics are serving up Thanksgiving for the poor

Dinners, deliveries and drives: how some Catholics are serving up Thanksgiving for the poor

By Maggie Maslak, CNA/EWTN News

While many will gather for Thanksgiving this year around tables filled with food and family, the National Council of the U.S. Society of St. Vincent de Paul have set out to make sure that the poor and homeless will also experience a holiday filled with community.

“Society members work with people in poverty and the homeless 365 days a year. Our parish-based Conferences operate food pantries, dining facilities, and shelters year-round to help people in…

Curia reform: Pope Francis reorganizes Vatican Secretariat of State

Curia reform: Pope Francis reorganizes Vatican Secretariat of State

By Andrea Gagliarducci, CNA/EWTN News

Pope Francis has established a third section, or department, of the Secretariat of State of the Holy See, which reportedly began its operations Nov. 9. The new section is named “Section for the Diplomatic Staff,” and is tasked with overseeing the Holy See’s diplomatic corps, stationed around the world.
 
Archbishop Jan Romeo Pawlowski has been appointed to helm the third section. Previously the apostolic nuncio to Gabon, in 2015 Archbishop Pawlowski was appointed…

English judge applauds man who stole drugs, killed suicidal father

English judge applauds man who stole drugs, killed suicidal father

By CNA/EWTN News

An English chemist charged with murder for the 2015 killing of his 85-year-old father, who wished to die, was freed on Friday by a judge who said, “Your acts of assistance were acts of pure compassion and mercy.”

Bipin Desai, 58, was also charged with assisted suicide and two counts of theft. Desai gave his father, Dhirajlal Desai, a smoothie laced with stolen morphine at his home in Surrey on Aug. 26, 2015. Desai soon after injected…

Pope Francis got a Lamborghini, and he’s auctioning it for charity

By Elise Harris, CNA/EWTN News

On Wednesday, Pope Francis became the new owner of a papal-themed Lamborghini Huracán, which was given to him by company executives at the Vatican and will be auctioned off for charity.

The sleek white Huracán with gold lines running along the hood and angles of the car's body was presented to Francis in front of his residence at the Vatican's Saint Martha Guesthouse Nov. 15. He blessed and autographed it in the presence of top…

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