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Go to confession, let yourself be consoled, pope says

Anyone who wants to experience the consolation and tenderness of God simply needs to go to confession, Pope Francis said at his morning Mass.

Daleiden, colleague charged with nine counts of criminal eavesdropping

A California judge ruled Dec. 6 to let a criminal trial proceed against David Daleiden and Sandra Merritt on nine counts of violating California's anti-eavesdropping law.

Guards attacked at national shrine in D.C. in apparent domestic incident

Washington authorities apprehended a suspect in an incident involving an attack Dec. 10 against two security guards at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, the largest Marian shrine in the United States, at the height of its busiest season.

Catholics urged to pray novena for Archbishop Sheen’s beatification

Supporters of the canonization cause for Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen have been invited to take part in a novena starting Dec. 12 to "petition God unceasingly to remove all obstacles" for the beatification of the media pioneer, author and evangelist.

Blessed Miller kept ’28-hour days,’ helped indigenous Guatemalans

Blessed James Miller used to wake daily at the crack of dawn. He taught and was vice principal at the local La Sallian school.

Court won’t take case on law requiring ultrasound before abortion

The U.S. Supreme Court Dec. 9 declined to take up a challenge to a Kentucky ultrasound law that requires a physician or qualified technician to perform an ultrasound on a woman seeking an abortion and show the screen images to her.

Bethlehem family feels the pull of living in the town of Jesus’ birth

Brothers Peter and Eli Hosh grew up knowing that their hometown was not only the place where they went to school and ran down to the corner market for their mother, but the town where Jesus was born.

Bishop calls mass shooting at naval station ‘truly heartbreaking’

Reacting to "the horrific mass shooting" that took place early Dec. 6 at Naval Air Station Pensacola, Bishop William A. Wack of Pensacola-Tallahassee said the "tragedy in our diocese is truly heartbreaking."

Archbishop Hebda: Deacons help make Jesus present in the Church

Jesus, who is Emmanuel, desires to be present to us and his love inspires us to respond, Archbishop Bernard Hebda told 10 men at their ordination as permanent deacons Dec.  7 and about 2,500 of their family members, friends and supporters at the Cathedral of St. Paul in St. Paul.

Brother-priest preaches Bishop Sirba’s funeral homily in Duluth, calls him ‘a good shepherd’ who knew his sheep

A memorial Mass will be held 6:30 p.m. Dec. 9 at Maternity of the Blessed Virgin in St. Paul, where Bishop Sirba was a pastor from 2000 to 2006.