Connecticut: group opposes senator's bell-ringing for Salvation Army (Connecticut Post) “We urge you to consider supporting only secular charities in the future,” the Freedom From Religion Foundation told a state senator. “This will ensure that representatives do not give the appearance of promoting an overtly Christian mission and will prevent citizens from feeling ostracized by their elected representatives because of their religious beliefs or sexual preference.”
Papal audiences (12/13) (Vatican Press Office) In separate audiences, the Pontiff received the president emeritus of the Pontifical Council for Social Communications and participants in the Forum of Non-Governmental Organizations of Catholic inspiration.
Maronite Patriarch: Trump's move of embassy to Jerusalem damages peace prospects (Fides) Maronite Catholic Patriarch Bechara Rai said that President Donald Trump’s decision to move the US embassy in Israel to Jerusalem “has demolished the peace efforts... fueled the fire of a new intifada, and transformed Jerusalem, the city of peace, into a city of war.” The move is “a slap in the face of Palestinians, Christians, Muslims, and all the Arabs,” he said.
Sunday rest, worship are focus of Pope's public audience (Vatican Press Office) Pope Francis devoted his weekly public audience on December 13 to honoring the Sabbath. Since many “secular societies have lost the Christian meaning of Sunday,” he said, “it is necessary to revive this awareness.” The Pope remarked: “Without Christ, we are condemned to be dominated by the fatigue of everyday life.”
Council of Cardinals hears plan for reorganization of Vatican communications (Vatican Press Office) The Council of Cardinals concluded a three-day meeting on December 13. Continuing its discussions of Vatican reform, the Council spoke about the Congregations for Clergy, for Evangelization, and for Catholic Education.
Msgr. Dario Edoardo Vigano, prefect of the Secretariat for Communications, reported on the consolidation of the Vatican’s media operations, and presented a demonstration of new multimedia capabilities.
This was the 22nd meeting of the Council of Cardinals. The next meeting is scheduled for February 2018.