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Horrific school massacre may backfire against Afghanistan Taliban

Horrific school massacre may backfire against Afghanistan Taliban Watch

Asia Pacific

As members of Afghanistan's Taliban swept through an army-run school in Peshawar, the results were horrifying. Unarmed children cowered under ...

If backed into a corner will Putin come out swinging? On the eve of Russia's great depression Europe braces for violent repercussions

If backed into a corner will Putin come out swinging? On the eve of Russia's great depression Europe braces for violent repercussions Watch

Europe

By Matt Waterson (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

The sharply declining price of a barrel of oil and the harsh sanctions imposed by the U.S. and Europe have created a perfect storm for Russia's ...

Obama's right, he has issued fewer executive orders than his predecessors, BUT...

Obama's right, he has issued fewer executive orders than his predecessors, BUT... Watch

Politics & Policy

What's in a name? President Obama has ruled more from his desk, without the consent of Congress, more than any other president, but liberals are ...

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 ...

Federal judge warned: Don't interfere with Obama's plan for deportation amnesty

Federal judge warned: Don't interfere with Obama's plan for deportation amnesty Watch

Politics & Policy

In unusually strong language, the Obama administration warned a federal judge to stay out of the debate over President Obama's deportation ...

Wednesday, December 17 - Homily: St. Matthew & Moses

Wednesday, December 17 - Homily: St. Matthew & Moses Watch

Daily Homilies

St. Peter Damian, Doctor of the Church, explains that St. Matthew imitates Moses in writing the first Gospel and giving the geneology of Jesus ...

Daily Readings for Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Daily Readings

By New Jerusalem Bible

Reading 1: Genesis 49:2, Reading 1: Genesis 49:8-10, Responsorial Psalm: Isaiah 72:3-4, Responsorial Psalm: Isaiah 72:17, Responsorial Psalm: Isaiah ...

St. Olympias: Saint of the Day for Wednesday, December 17, 2014

St. Olympias: Saint of the Day for Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Saints

Olympias born into a wealthy noble Constantinople family. She was orphaned when a child and was given over to the care of Theodosia by her uncle, the ...

A Devotion in Honour of the Seven Sorrows and Joys of Saint Joseph: Prayer of the Day for Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Prayers

First Sorrow and Joy O most pure Spouse of Mary, glorious St. Joseph, as the affliction and anguish of thy heart was exceedingly great in thy ...

Why is he so upset? Because of the secret Republican time bomb in the government funding bill

Why is he so upset? Because of the secret Republican time bomb in the government funding bill Watch

U.S.

By Matt Waterson (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

The Senate has approved a $1.1 trillion spending bill, aimed to fund nearly the whole of the federal government through the 2015 fiscal year, ...

'Chop-up houses' fill night air with cries of the slaughtered along Colombian riverbanks

'Chop-up houses' fill night air with cries of the slaughtered along Colombian riverbanks Watch

Americas

By Anastasia Moloney, Thomson Reuters Foundation

At night along the riverbanks of the Colombian port city of Buenaventura, residents say they can hear people scream and plea for mercy as they ...

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 ...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY POPE FRANCIS! Beloved Pontiff turns 78 today

HAPPY BIRTHDAY POPE FRANCIS! Beloved Pontiff turns 78 today Watch

Living Faith

HAPPY BIRTHDAY POPE FRANCIS! Today is Pope Francis' 78th birthday and well-wishers celebrated the day singing and dancing for the Holy Father in St. ...

The Pope, the Pets, the Paparazzi and the Propaganda Media

The Pope, the Pets, the Paparazzi and the Propaganda Media

U.S.

By Deacon Keith A Fournier

The passing on of this complete fabrication, as well as the embellishment which accompanied it, were not simply a matter of the secular press ...

Who Will Step Up This Christmas and Speak the Truth in Love?

Who Will Step Up This Christmas and Speak the Truth in Love?

Blog

By Michael Seagriff

This is one of the two times each year when, I believe, our Lord most dreads the silence that will envelop far too many of our parishes. Someone ...

New plague panic? New strains of malaria appear immune to current treatment

New plague panic? New strains of malaria appear immune to current treatment Watch

Health

By Astrid Zweynert, Thomson Reuters Foundation

Ka Lar Nar caught malaria for the sixth time when he was working away from home on his small farm in the jungle of southeastern Myanmar but this ...

Are you a receptionist, security guard or retail clerk? You could soon be replaced by a ROBOT

Are you a receptionist, security guard or retail clerk? You could soon be replaced by a ROBOT Watch

Technology

Automation works well if it spares humans from dangerous and monotonous tasks. While many have lost their line of work in assembly lines to ...

Tim Burton, Michael Keaton may reunited for 'Beetlejuice 2' - maybe

Tim Burton, Michael Keaton may reunited for 'Beetlejuice 2' - maybe Watch

Movies

Among the most unsteady and unreliable of all worlds is the world of the Hollywood sequel or remake. Director Tim Burton, currently promoting ...

Making good on Mao: China begins massive water transfer project, worlds largest

Making good on Mao: China begins massive water transfer project, worlds largest Watch

Asia Pacific

China has made good on one of the late Chairman Mao's visions with the world's largest transfer project. Those living in the dry, Northern ...

A giant turtle in grave danger finds hope in an extraordinary savior

A giant turtle in grave danger finds hope in an extraordinary savior Watch

Marriage & Family

By Abigail James (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

A turtle flipping onto its back, while appearing silly to viewers, can be a fatal event.

Catch me if you can: A new device aims to catch wandering Alzheimer's patients and bring relief to caregivers

Catch me if you can: A new device aims to catch wandering Alzheimer's patients and bring relief to caregivers Watch

Technology

By Abigail James (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Approximately five million people in the United States suffer from Alzheimer's. 65 percent of those patients wander. They get up in the middle of the ...

Daily Readings for Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Daily Readings

By New Jerusalem Bible

Reading 1: Genesis 49:2, Reading 1: Genesis 49:8-10, Responsorial Psalm: Isaiah 72:3-4, Responsorial Psalm: Isaiah 72:7-8, Responsorial Psalm: Isaiah ...

St. Ado of Vienne: Saint of the Day for Tuesday, December 16, 2014

St. Ado of Vienne: Saint of the Day for Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Saints

An archbishop and scholar, Ado was born in Sens and educated at the Benedictine abbey of Ferrieres. Abbot Lupus Servatus, an outstanding humanist of ...

Prayer of Praise and Thanks: Prayer of the Day for Monday, December 15, 2014

Prayers

Blessed are you, Lord God: Blessed are you for ever. Holy is your name: Blessed are you for ever. Great is your mercy for your people: Blessed ...

Haftar's forces gain control of new territory between Libya, Tunisia

Haftar's forces gain control of new territory between Libya, Tunisia Watch

Africa

Forces loyal to the retired general Khalifa Haftar have successfully conquered Rass Jedir in the borders between Libya and Tunisia. That battle ...

Tuesday, December 16 - Homily: Mt 21:28-32 The Parable of the Two Sons

Tuesday, December 16 - Homily: Mt 21:28-32 The Parable of the Two Sons Watch

Daily Homilies

In the season of Advent, awaiting the coming of Our Lord, let us examine ourselves in both our response to follow the Lord, and the fruits of ...

Turned into the wild, Pope Francis offers hope to displaced faithful in Middle East

Turned into the wild, Pope Francis offers hope to displaced faithful in Middle East Watch

Living Faith

Times are hard and arduous for those who practice their Catholic faith in the Middle East. In a special audience with Patriarch Ignatius Ephrem ...

Why Catholics should think twice about the 'Elf on the Shelf'

Why Catholics should think twice about the 'Elf on the Shelf' Watch

Marriage & Family

Over the last few years, a Christmas tradition has emerged in American households. Known as "The Elf on the Shelf" families set out a plush doll in ...

Called into the Vineyard of the Lord in a New Missionary Age

Called into the Vineyard of the Lord in a New Missionary Age Watch

Daily Homilies

By Deacon Keith Fournier

Do we see the Church as Some-One, the Risen Christ truly present in His mystical Body, into whom we have been Baptized and now live? Do we, like ...

You know about the 'Bishop of Bling' but do American clergy have the same problem too?

You know about the 'Bishop of Bling' but do American clergy have the same problem too? Watch

U.S.

Pope Francis has called for "a Church which is poor and for the poor." However, not every member of the clergy may have read the memo. A number of ...