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Expecting a big tax refund from the IRS? Then you don't want to read this...

Expecting a big tax refund from the IRS? Then you don't want to read this... Watch

Politics & Policy

If you're counting on a big IRS return to make a big purchase, you may be waiting a lot longer than anticipated this year. Budget cuts in the IRS ...

Life is an Advent Search for God: The Importance of Effort

Life is an Advent Search for God: The Importance of Effort Watch

Christmas / Advent

By Deacon Frederick Bartels

Advent is about seeking God, the most noble of all pursuits. Nevertheless, such a pursuit is one in which we are engaged each day, not merely ...

The Angel of the Lord Declared unto Joseph: The Angelus of Joseph and the Call to Men

The Angel of the Lord Declared unto Joseph: The Angelus of Joseph and the Call to Men Watch

Daily Homilies

By Deacon Keith A Fournier

Through the Fountain of living water called Baptism, the Father invites each one of us into His new family, the Body of His Son, the Church. He ...

A journey to the land of the free: Part One -- Beaten and scared young children flee violence and turn to the United States for hope

A journey to the land of the free: Part One -- Beaten and scared young children flee violence and turn to the United States for hope Watch

U.S.

By Abigail James (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Blistered feet and filthy, blood-stained skin is the forlorn image of immigrants preparing to cross the border. With hopeful hearts and anxious ...

Pope Francis Gives Direction to Charismatic Renewal and New Movements

Pope Francis Gives Direction to Charismatic Renewal and New Movements Watch

Europe

By Deacon Keith A Fournier

On November 22, 2014, Pope Francis addressed a Congress sponsored by the Pontifical Council for the Laity. It brought together new movements and ...

Will the truth die? Fatwa launched against journalist Kamel Daoud

Will the truth die? Fatwa launched against journalist Kamel Daoud Watch

Africa

Is the pen mightier than the sword? Those who wield the pen risk being felled by the sword. There has been a call to murder columnist and ...

Daily Readings for Friday, December 19, 2014

Daily Readings

By New Jerusalem Bible

Reading 1: Judges 13:24-25, Reading 1: Judges 13:2-7, Responsorial Psalm: Isaiah 71:3-6, Responsorial Psalm: Isaiah 71:16-17, Gospel: Ephesians 1:5-25

St. Nemesius: Saint of the Day for Friday, December 19, 2014

St. Nemesius: Saint of the Day for Friday, December 19, 2014

Saints

Martyr of Egypt. He was burned alive in Alexandria, Egypt, during the persecutions under Emperor Trajanus Decius. Nemesius was arrested and scourged ...

Advent Prayer: Prayer of the Day for Friday, December 19, 2014

Prayers

Lord God, may we, your people, who look forward to the birthday of Christ experience the joy of salvation and celbrate that feast with love and ...

Global life expectancy up six years from 24 years ago

Global life expectancy up six years from 24 years ago Watch

Health

People, on average are living a few years longer than they did in 1990. According to a new study, the average global citizen lives to be 71.5 ...

OBAMACARE DOES NOT WORK! Vermont gives up free healthcare plan as too expensive

OBAMACARE DOES NOT WORK! Vermont gives up free healthcare plan as too expensive Watch

U.S.

By Matt Waterson (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Peter Shumlin, the governor of Vermont, announced that he was canceling his longtime dream to create a single-payer health care system for his state.

We can all be philanthropists! Giving back to those in need has never been so simple.

We can all be philanthropists! Giving back to those in need has never been so simple. Watch

Marriage & Family

By Abigail James (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

"Every man shall give as he is able, according to the blessing of the Lord your God which He has given you:" Deuteronomy 16:17.

U.S. GROUND FORCES ENGAGE ISIS - No U.S. casualties reported

U.S. GROUND FORCES ENGAGE ISIS - No U.S. casualties reported Watch

Middle East

U.S. ground forces have finally clashed with the Islamic State in Iraq and defeated them handily, aided by F-18 fighter jets. The clash took place ...

Immense effort and perseverance: Teacher is recognized as first known Filipino State Teacher of the Year in California

Immense effort and perseverance: Teacher is recognized as first known Filipino State Teacher of the Year in California Watch

News

By Abigail James (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

There are about 300,000 teachers currently teaching in the United States. Every year, five of these teachers are selected as State Teacher of the Year.

Kidnapping of 100 Nigerian women and children believed to be dreaded Boko Haram

Kidnapping of 100 Nigerian women and children believed to be dreaded Boko Haram Watch

Africa

Although no one has yet claimed responsibility, the kidnapping of 100 Nigerian women and children - in addition to the ruthless slaughter of 35 ...

The great thaw: President Obama aims to destroy the last bastion of Cold War politics, easing relations between the U.S. and Cuba

The great thaw: President Obama aims to destroy the last bastion of Cold War politics, easing relations between the U.S. and Cuba Watch

Americas

By Matt Waterson (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

On the heels of the White House announcement that they will be normalizing relations with Cuba-with whom the United States has had a cold ...

KOWTOWING TO NORTH KOREA: Sony cancels theatrical distribution for 'The Interview'

KOWTOWING TO NORTH KOREA: Sony cancels theatrical distribution for 'The Interview' Watch

Movies

It is the most disgraceful bit of news to come from the film industry in many years - and it's not over the scandalous behavior on the part of ...

No solutions: Dakar Peace and Security Summit declared a failure

No solutions: Dakar Peace and Security Summit declared a failure Watch

Africa

Only three heads of state attended the Dakar Peace and Security Summit. At the closing of the forum, entitled "Forum on Peace and Security in ...

Thursday, December 18 - Homily: Take Her into Your Home

Thursday, December 18 - Homily: Take Her into Your Home Watch

Daily Homilies

Like St. Joseph, Christians must not be afraid to take Mary into their homes and have an intimate spiritual life with Her.

Handwriting on the wall: Arctic warming twice as much as anticipated, USA to suffer consequences

Handwriting on the wall: Arctic warming twice as much as anticipated, USA to suffer consequences

Green

People lie, numbers don't. The numbers are revealing an alarming trend in the Arctic. While global temperature increases have moderated across the ...

Triage in the Confessional

Triage in the Confessional

Blog

By by Tara K. E. Brelinsky

Last year, at around this same time in Advent, we were sitting in church. Mass having just been celebrated, Monsignor Williams was announcing the ...

Daily Readings for Friday, December 19, 2014

Daily Readings

By New Jerusalem Bible

Reading 1: Judges 13:24-25, Reading 1: Judges 13:2-7, Responsorial Psalm: Isaiah 71:16-17, Responsorial Psalm: Isaiah 71:3-6, Gospel: Ephesians 1:5-25

St. Rufus: Saint of the Day for Thursday, December 18, 2014

St. Rufus: Saint of the Day for Thursday, December 18, 2014

Saints

Rufus and Zosimus were citizens of Antioch (or perhaps Philippi) who were brought to Rome with St. Ignatius of Antioch during the reign of Emperor ...

Advent Prayer: Prayer of the Day for Thursday, December 18, 2014

Prayers

Father, all-powerful God, your eternal Word took flesh on our earth when the Virgin Mary placed her life at the service of your plan. Lift our minds ...

'The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies' rakes in $125 million overseas before U.S. debut

'The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies' rakes in $125 million overseas before U.S. debut Watch

Movies

"The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies," the concluding chapter of director Peter Jackson's version of the Tolkien tale will open in the ...

No one should be hungry during the Christmas season

No one should be hungry during the Christmas season

Living Faith

By Tony Magliano

In early December, the United Nations World Food Program (WFP) stopped feeding 1.7 million Syrian refugees.

'Transformers 4: Age of Extinction' tops list of films imported to China

'Transformers 4: Age of Extinction' tops list of films imported to China Watch

Movies

Snooty American film critics may have turned their noses up at it - but China got their Transformers on with "Transformers 4: Age of Extinction. ...

The disgusting new fact of American life: More than 46 million Americans on food stamps for 37 straight month

The disgusting new fact of American life: More than 46 million Americans on food stamps for 37 straight month Watch

U.S.

By Matt Waterson (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

It is self-evident that President Obama continues to undermine the abilities of the lower class, enforcing government-reliance on those who can ...

Anywhere in the world in four hours or less: Space plane receives approval from European Space Agency

Anywhere in the world in four hours or less: Space plane receives approval from European Space Agency Watch

Technology

A futuristic plane that could fly anyone anywhere in the world in four hours or less, as well as carry spaceships out of the atmosphere without ...

BURP! There! Proof of life existing on the planet Mars

BURP! There! Proof of life existing on the planet Mars Watch

Technology

Belches...and worse, could have just proven the evidence of life on Mars. NASA's Curiosity Rover has detected mysterious spikes of methane. These ...