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Meeting pope, rabbi seeks effort to infuse economy with values

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VATICAN CITY — The free market is the economic model that seems most consonant with biblical teaching, but the global economic crisis demonstrates that, without moral values, the market economy can implode, said Great Britain’s chief rabbi.

Sir Jonathan Sacks, chief rabbi of the United Hebrew Congregations of the Commonwealth, traveled to the Vatican Dec. 12 to speak with Pope Benedict XVI about united efforts to bring morality back to the marketplace and to deliver a major speech at the Pontifical Gregorian University.

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Pope celebrates Guadalupe feast, confirms trips to Mexico, Cuba

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VATICAN CITY — Celebrating the feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe and confirming he will travel to Mexico and Cuba in the spring, Pope Benedict XVI called on the people of Latin America to hold firm to their faith.

During his homily at the Mass Dec. 12 in St. Peter’s Basilica, the pope prayed that God would guide the decisions of the Latin American people, so they could progress in “building a society based on the development of good, the triumph of love and the expansion of justice.”

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Cardinal Foley dies; U.S. Catholic press leader held two Vatican posts

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DARBY, Pa. — U.S. Cardinal John P. Foley, who spent more than two decades leading the church’s social communications council and later worked for the church in the Middle East, died Dec. 11 after a battle with leukemia. The cardinal, who had been residing at Villa St. Joseph, the home for retired Philadelphia archdiocesan priests, was 76.

Cardinal Foley’s media-friendly style and quick sense of humor shone in person and throughout the numerous speeches and homilies he delivered around the world. He often spoke of the joys of working for the church, telling his audiences that while the pay often is not great “the benefits are out of this world.”

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Capuchin Poor Clare nuns celebrate 25 years in diocese

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There are 12 contemplative nuns who live a life of prayer and work within the walls of St. Veronica Giuliani Monastery on Jefferson Street in Wilmington.

These Capuchin Poor Clare sisters live apart from the world but their lives are focused on the heart of the world, too.

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Advent: Awaiting the savior

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The season of Advent has arrived, and for the church this is a very special season that prepares us spiritually, eschatologically and logistically for Christ. Spiritually, it focuses us on God coming into world in the flesh (incarnate) at Christmas in the person of Jesus Christ. Eschatologically (meaning looking toward the end-times), it prepares us for the Second Coming of Christ, when he will come not as Savior of mankind, but as its judge. Logistically, it revs up the engine of the new church year during which we worship and celebrate our savior, Jesus Christ. The first Sunday of Advent is our New Year’s Day.

The word Advent is from the Latin “adventus” for “coming” and is the name of the four-week period of preparation leading up to the birth of the Lord on Christmas. Advent always begins on the Sunday nearest the feast of St. Andrew the Apostle (Nov. 30) and it continues through four consecutive Sundays until the start of the first Mass of Christmas celebrated in the evening on Dec. 24.

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Chaplain sees high morale as U.S. troops leave Iraq

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Over the past nine years in Iraq, the sacrifice of the U.S. military “and our nation as a whole has been tremendous,” Army chaplain Father Joel Panzer said, and soldiers in general feel “it’s time for us to leave” to give the nation the impetus “to function independently.”

As the troops prepare to leave and turn bases over to Iraqi forces by Dec. 31, he said, “morale is quite high” among members of his own Army unit, the 25th Infantry Division Headquarters, which is ending a 13-month deployment.

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Parishes ‘breaking in’ the ‘new’ Mass without much fuss

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After a year of preparation, the first Masses celebrated in the Diocese of Wilmington after the implementation of the new English translation of the Roman Missal went smoothly, according to local pastors. Use of the new Missal began with the first Sunday of Advent, the weekend of Nov. 27-28.

“Overall, I think it went wonderful,” said Father Richard Smith, pastor of St. Luke Parish in Ocean City, Md. “Everybody had a little growing pains, but a year of catechesis paid off,” he said. “I’d say we did 98 percent, we get an A-plus.”

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Check out new Catholic News Service video

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Visitors to The Dialog website can now click on the Catholic News Service VIDEO link at the bottom of  The Dialog home page’s right-hand column for CNS video reports from Rome and the United States.

Video available now includes a report from Philadelphia Archbishop Charles Chaput’s on what he discussed during his recent visit to the Holy See with Pope Benedict XVI. Archbishop Chaput states that the pope has been emphasizing that faith isn’t only a private matter but something the faithful should demonstrate in the public square .

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Hispanic laywomen certified in ministerial leadership

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WILMINGTON — Five lay leaders have received certification in ministerial leadership in Hispanic/Latino ministry from the Northeast Hispanic Catholic Center, an institute of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. They received their certificates last weekend from Bishop Malooly.

The five have been studying Scripture, and theological and pastoral ministry topics for the past five years. The certification licenses them to serve as pastoral agents at their parishes and in the diocese. They are:

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Movie tells story of Polish priest born a Jew during Holocaust

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If someone were to make a movie about a Polish priest who was born a Jew during the Holocaust, adopted by Polish parents who didn’t tell him until he was in his 30s of his parentage, his pilgrimage to Israel to reclaim his Jewish heritage, and his stubborn insistence to Israeli authorities that he be considered simultaneously both a Jew and a Catholic, “Torn” would be the perfect title.

Ronit Kertsner is on the film festival circuit with her documentary, which examines the life of Father Romauld Jakub Weksler-Waszkinel.

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