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Cuba-U.S. reset long promoted by church leaders in both countries

Pope John Paul II greets Cuban President Fidel Castro at the end of Mass in the Plaza of the Revolution in Havana Jan. 25, 1998. (CNS photo/Reuters) Posted on December 20th, 2014

A part of the diplomatic coup pulled off by the White House and Cuban leaders Dec. 17 was that hardly anyone knew they had been working toward a reset in relations between the two longtime antagonists.

Pope wishes Rome well 2024 Olympic bid, but says he won’t see it

Italian Olympians and Paralympians celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Italian Olympic Committee attend an audience with Pope Francis in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican Dec. 19. The pope encouraged the athletes and the Olympic committee to ensure access to sports for all people, including immigrants and the poor. (CNS photo/Paul Haring) Posted on December 20th, 2014

Amid the chatter about the Vatican possibly hosting some events for the 2024 Olympics, Pope Francis wished Rome well but said with a smile, “I won’t be here.”

‘Questionable’ financial activities leave Franciscans heavily in debt

U.S. Franciscan Father Michael Perry, minister general of the Order of Friars Minor, embraces Pope Francis during his 2013 visit to Assisi, Italy. Ineffective budgetary oversight and "questionable" financial activities have plunged the Order of Friars Minor into significant debt and an extremely serious financial situation, Father Perry said. (CNS photo/Paul Haring) Posted on December 20th, 2014

The superior of the Order of Friars Minor told all members of the order that its general curia “finds itself in grave, and I underscore ‘grave,’ financial difficulty, with a significant burden of debt.”

Christmas decorations inspire everyone, even nonbelievers, to love

The Christmas tree and Nativity scene decorate St. Peter's Square at the Vatican after a lighting ceremony Dec. 19. New LED lighting was also unveiled on the facade and dome of the basilica during the ceremony. (CNS photo/Paul Haring) Posted on December 20th, 2014

The Nativity scene and Christmas tree “are an invitation to unity, harmony and peace; an invitation to make room — in our personal and social life — for God,” Pope Francis said today, meeting the people who donated the centerpieces of the Vatican Christmas decorations.

Heisman Trophy winner: Everything he does is for God’s glory

Oregon Ducks quarterback Marcus Mariota kisses the Heisman Trophy during a Dec. 13 news conference at the New York Marriott Marquis after he was named the recipient of the trophy. Mariota is not Catholic but he regularly attends team Masses and graduated from an all-boys Catholic high school in Honolulu. (CNS photo/Brad Penner, USA Today Sports via Reuters) Posted on December 19th, 2014

Marcus Mariota, the University of Oregon’s dual-threat quarterback and this year’s winner of college football’s highest award, is non-Catholic but a Catholic high school grad. Faith plays a major role in his life.

St. Helena’s PREP students put on ‘Christmas Tableau’

St Helena Tableau Posted on December 19th, 2014

The seventh and eighth grade students, with the help of first graders and teachers, presented a solemn way to prepare for the coming of Christmas.

Villa Maria Academy performs Christmas concert

Villa Maria Academy cc-strings 1 Posted on December 19th, 2014

The string ensemble, handbell choir and choruses sang and played music of the season, and Villa Maria alumnae continued a tradition of joining the students on stage to sing the finale.

Warrington students perform show Dec. 22

St Joseph St Robert Christmas musical Posted on December 19th, 2014

In the spirit of the Christmas season, all the students at St. Joseph/St. Robert School in Warrington will be performing a lively show titled “The Legend of the Christmas King” on Monday, Dec. 22 at 7 p.m. at St. Robert Bellarmine Church.

Speedy Morris closing in on career milestone

Posted on December 19th, 2014

The storied career of the St. Joseph’s Prep basketball coach will pass another milestone with a win on Saturday, Dec. 20 as the Prep faces Cristo Rey. A win would be Morris’ 950th career victory.

Archbishop wishes all a blessed Christmas

Posted on December 19th, 2014

Listen to Archbishop Charles Chaput’s Christmas message.

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