Bishop Kevin Vann installed as fourth bishop of Diocese of Orange, 10th largest diocese in the U.S.

By Joan Kurkowski-Gillen
December 11, 2012

IRVINE, CALIFORNIA --  Bishop Kevin W. Vann was installed as the fourth bishop of the Diocese of Orange Dec. 10 during a Mass that reflected California’s rich cultural diversity.

A crowd of more than 4,000 people packed the UC-Irvine Bren Center to witness the landmark event. Bishop Vann, who shepherded the Diocese of Fort Worth for seven years, now leads the nation’s tenth largest diocese with one of the fastest growing Catholic populations in the country.

Mexican priest wins top human rights prize for migrant work

By David Agren
Catholic News Service
December 11, 2012

MEXICO CITY (CNS) -- An outspoken Mexican priest won the country's top human rights prize for his work protecting undocumented Central American migrants transiting Mexico.

Pope asks Catholics to read Bible, recall history of God's saving love

By Cindy Wooden
Catholic News Service

December 12, 2012

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Urging Catholics to "pick up the Bible" and read it during the Year of Faith, Pope Benedict XVI said the Scriptures recount the story of God's love for humanity and the steps he took throughout history to save all men and women.

Prepare ye the way of the Lord – however he appears to you

By Kathy Cribari Hamer
North Texas Catholic

December 05, 2012

It was a gentle knock, the tap-tap-tap of a squirrel crossing our roof, or the twinkly sound of a Christmas elf announcing the arrival of Santa. 

It wasn’t coming from the roof though, but from our front door, outside a beveled glass window that distorted the view. Was it a humongous squirrel? Medium-sized elf ?? 

New bishop urged to hit issues 'squarely,' always remember human person

By Susan De Matteo
Catholic News Service
December 04, 2012

TYLER, Texas (CNS) -- With cheers, tears and frequent wild applause, Catholics in the Diocese of Tyler celebrated the ordination and installation of their new bishop, Bishop Joseph E. Strickland, a priest from its own clergy and its vicar general.

'Who we’re waiting for' An Advent reflection

By Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan
Catholic New York
December 6, 2012

One of the highlights of our bishops’ meetings comes at our morning of recollection.  It’s rather simple, but we, your bishops, observe that is probably the most effective part of our sessions.

Advent is time to renew faith, bring God's love to others, pope says

By Cindy Wooden
Catholic News Service

 December 5, 2012

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Advent's liturgical preparation for Christmas calls Christians to renew their faith in the reality of God's great love and to make a commitment to bringing his love to the world today, Pope Benedict XVI said.

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