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Catholic San Francisco is the official newspaper of the Archdiocese of San Francisco. We report timely, breaking and in-depth news of Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone, of the San Francisco Bay Area, California politics, the U.S., Pope Francis, and the global Roman Catholic Church. A print edition is mailed to the homes of parishioners free of charge. Subscriptions are available for $24 if mailed within California, $36 outside California.

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Pope, at Angelus, prays for Philippine victims of typhoon

VATICAN CITY -- Reciting the Angelus with thousands of people in St. Peter's Square the day after Christmas, Pope Francis asked them to join him in reciting the "Hail Mary" for the victims of Typhoon Phanfone in the Philippines.

catholic-sf.org VATICAN CITY -- Reciting the Angelus with thousands of people in St. Peter's Square the day after Christmas, Pope Francis asked them to join him in reciting the "Hail Mary" for the victims of Typhoon Phanfone in the Philippines.

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Archbishop Cordileone's Midnight Mass homily

" ... it is silence that makes room for God, and so keeps us focused on worship of the one true God, and not of the many contemporary idols that are vying for our loyalty," Archbishop Cordileone said.

catholic-sf.org " ... it is silence that makes room for God, and so keeps us focused on worship of the one true God, and not of the many contemporary idols that are vying for our loyalty," Archbishop Cordileone said.

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St. Stephen's martyrdom shows 'true meaning of Christmas,' Pope Francis says

VATICAN CITY -- The death of St. Stephen, the Church’s first martyr, teaches Catholics to renew their commitment to charity and self-gift, part of the meaning of Christmas, Pope Francis said Thursday.

catholic-sf.org VATICAN CITY -- The death of St. Stephen, the Church’s first martyr, teaches Catholics to renew their commitment to charity and self-gift, part of the meaning of Christmas, Pope Francis said Thursday.

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The fragile Middle Eastern church must remain united, Aleppo bishop says in Christmas message

Many Christians in Syria allow themselves to be guided by selfishness and also use the ecclesial community as a kind of welfare network to be exploited, an agency at the service of their private interests, the Latin-rite bishop of Aleppo said in a Christmas call for conversion

catholic-sf.org Many Christians in Syria allow themselves to be guided by selfishness and also use the ecclesial community as a kind of welfare network to be exploited, an agency at the service of their private interests, the Latin-rite bishop of Aleppo said in a Christmas call for conversion.

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Evangelization begins with listening, Cardinal Tagle says

QUEZON CITY, Philippines -- Listening is the first step in evangelization, the newly appointed prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples said Tuesday in Quezon City.

catholic-sf.org QUEZON CITY, Philippines -- Listening is the first step in evangelization, the newly appointed prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples said Tuesday in Quezon City.

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Philippine government, communist rebels declare holiday truce

PHILIPPINES -- The Philippine government and communist rebels have mutually declared a temporary cessation of hostilities from midnight, Dec. 23 until Jan. 7.

catholic-sf.org PHILIPPINES -- The Philippine government and communist rebels have mutually declared a temporary cessation of hostilities from midnight, Dec. 23 until Jan. 7.

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God's 'absolute tender love': Full text of Pope Francis' Midnight Mass homily

"May we not wait for our neighbors to be good before we do good to them, for the church to be perfect before we love her, for others to respect us before we serve them," Pope Francis said in his Midnight Mass homily. "Let us begin with ourselves. This is what it means freely to accept the gift of grace. And holiness is nothing other than preserving this freedom."

catholic-sf.org "May we not wait for our neighbors to be good before we do good to them, for the church to be perfect before we love her, for others to respect us before we serve them," Pope Francis said in his Midnight Mass homily. "Let us begin with ourselves. This is what it means freely to accept the gift of gr...

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Pope prays Christmas softens hardened hearts to bring peace, justice

VATICAN CITY -- The light of peace, hope and salvation brought into the world with the birth of Jesus is stronger than the darkness of war and despair, but spreading that light requires the cooperation of every person of good will, Pope Francis said in his Christmas address.

catholic-sf.org VATICAN CITY -- The light of peace, hope and salvation brought into the world with the birth of Jesus is stronger than the darkness of war and despair, but spreading that light requires the cooperation of every person of good will, Pope Francis said in his Christmas address.

St. Isabella Parish in San Rafael celebrated Las Posadas Dec. 23. The Mexican tradition reenacts the Holy Family's search for a place to stay in Bethlehem before the birth of Christ. (Photos by Lorena Rojas/San Francisco Católico)

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Christmas says, 'You are loved,' pope says in homily

VATICAN CITY -- Christmas night tells each person, no matter how poor or sinful, that they are utterly and totally loved by God, Pope Francis said as he celebrated Jesus' birth.

catholic-sf.org VATICAN CITY -- Christmas night tells each person, no matter how poor or sinful, that they are utterly and totally loved by God, Pope Francis said as he celebrated Jesus' birth.

Louisiana parish enlists crop duster for aerial holy water blessing.

Fr. Matthew Barzare and parishioners of St. Anne Church in Cow Island enlisted the help of a cropduster pilot to bless their community. They loaded 100 gallons of holy water into the plane and the pilot sprayed the water onto the town and the nearby farms. Parishioners also brought water from home to the airstrip to be blessed by Fr. Barzare. The blessing was the brainchild of L'Eryn Detraz, a missionary currently stationed in Ohio who is a native of Cow Island. A happy and blessed Christmas to everyone from St. Anne Church and parishioners!

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Evangelicals debate stance on President Trump

The president of Christianity Today supported the magazine’s editor-in-chief's commentary that President Trump should be removed from office, saying evangelicals' alignment with Trump has caused "enormous damage" to the movement. Other evangelical leaders staunchly defended their alliance with the president.

catholic-sf.org The president of Christianity Today supported the magazine’s former editor’s commentary that President Trump should be removed from office, while 200 evangelical leaders posted a letter defending their political alliance with the president.

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Watch Pope Francis celebrate Midnight Mass

At 9:30 p.m. Vatican time (12:30 p.m. Pacific) view the live broadcast of Pope Francis celebrating Midnight Mass in the papal chapel.

catholic-sf.org The Vatican will carry live coverage of the pope celebrating e the Solemnity of the Nativity of the Lord -- Midnight Mass -- in the papal chapel.

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Trump rule separates billing for elective abortion from health coverage

WASHINGTON -- The Trump administration Dec. 20 finalized a rule requiring health insurers to send customers a bill for coverage of an elective abortion that is separate from their premium for health care coverage under the Affordable Care Act.

catholic-sf.org WASHINGTON -- The Trump administration Dec. 20 finalized a rule requiring health insurers to send customers a bill for coverage of an elective abortion that is separate from their premium for health care coverage under the Affordable Care Act.

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US: China remains 'egregious' religious freedom violator, Nicaragua now 'severe'

China remains an "egregious" violator and Nicaragua has been added to countries on the "severe list," the U.S. State Department said in its annual report on religious freedom.

catholic-sf.org China remains and 'egregious' violator and Nicaragua has been added to countries on the severe list, the U.S. State Department said in its annual report on religious freedom.

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Legionaries report 'chain of abuse' as victims went on to abuse others

ROME -- Demonstrating a strong "chain of abuse," the Legionaries of Christ said its founder, the late Father Marcial Maciel Degollado, sexually abused at least 60 minors and that at least another 51 youngsters were abused by Father Maciel's victims or victims of his victims.

catholic-sf.org ROME -- Demonstrating a strong "chain of abuse," the Legionaries of Christ said its founder, the late Father Marcial Maciel Degollado, sexually abused at least 60 minors and that at least another 51 youngsters were abused by Father Maciel's victims or victims of his victims.

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Children are 'innocence, promise, many good things,' Pope Francis says

VATICAN CITY -- Pope Francis Sunday attended a party with the children and families receiving treatment and help at the Vatican's 98-year-old free health clinic.

catholic-sf.org VATICAN CITY -- Pope Francis Sunday attended a party with the children and families receiving treatment and help at the Vatican's 98-year-old free health clinic.

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Erie diocese opens sainthood cause of lay educator, advocate for those with disabilities

Bishop Lawrence Persico of Erie announced Dec. 12 that he was formally opening the cause of canonization of Dr. Gertrude Barber for her lifelong efforts to help those in need, influenced by her Catholic faith.

catholic-sf.org Bishop Lawrence Persico of Erie announced Dec. 12 that he was formally opening the cause of canonization of Dr. Gertrude Barber for her lifelong efforts to help those in need, influenced by her Catholic faith.

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Denver initiative aims to reduce barriers between Catholics, lonely seniors

An inspiring story from Denver: Young adult Catholics reaching out to the lonely elderly in a spirit of companionship. “It's personal, focused attention. It's listening. It's sharing what you're passionate about. It's the mystery of personal presence, which actually isn't bureaucratic at all."

catholic-sf.org DENVER, Colo. -- When John O’Brien was in high school, his father, while only in his forties, was admitted to an assisted living facility because of Pick's disease, a rare disorder similar to Alzheimer's.

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San Francisco’s St. Anne School celebrates its 100th anniversary in 2020

San Francisco’s St. Anne School celebrates its 100th anniversary in 2020. The milestone will be commemorated with a school blessing Jan. 6 and a parish Centennial Mass Feb. 2 at 11 a.m. Bishop Daniel Walsh, retired bishop of Santa Rosa, now makes his home at St. Anne.

catholic-sf.org San Francisco’s St. Anne School celebrates its 100th anniversary in 2020. The milestone will be commemorated with a school blessing Jan. 6 and a parish Centennial Mass Feb. 2 at 11 a.m. Bishop Daniel Walsh, retired bishop of Santa Rosa now makes his home at St. Anne’s.

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Brother Erwin Thomas Deasy, SM

Brother Erwin Thomas Deasy, SM, a member of the Society of Mary (Marianists) died Dec. 19, 2019.

catholic-sf.org Brother Erwin Thomas Deasy, SM, a member of the Society of Mary (Marianists) died Dec. 19, 2019.

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Should democracies ban facial surveillance, or would that weaken them against China?

Throughout this year CSF has stood in solidarity with the faithful fighting for religious freedom, especially those suffering persecution abroad. Our posts on persecution in Asia and Latin America have been among our most engaged this year and have drawn comment from Facebook users in many countries. Knowing your high interest, we'll continue the campaign into 2020. This commentary by an academic on authoritarian governments' ability to spy on their citizens is among the most disturbing articles we've seen this year in its implications. Remember those standing on the line for freedom and dignity, because it won't get any easier.

catholic-sf.org China subsidizes exports of its surveillance technology through soft loans to places like Kenya, Laos, Mongolia, Uganda, and Uzbekistan. Facial recognition is often used in places like prisons, airports and public city streets in these locations.

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Pope Francis: This Christmas, imitate St. Joseph's trust in God

VATICAN CITY -- In a difficult situation, St. Joseph put his whole trust in God and was obedient, an example for all Catholics to imitate, Pope Francis said during the Angelus Sunday.

catholic-sf.org VATICAN CITY -- In a difficult situation, St. Joseph put his whole trust in God and was obedient, an example for all Catholics to imitate, Pope Francis said during the Angelus Sunday.

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Pelosi letter 'distressing'

A CSF reader cites John 8:7 in responding to a letter to the editor questioning House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's Catholic fidelity.

catholic-sf.org A letter to the editor questioning House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's Catholic fidelity prompts a John 8:7 response from another reader: ​​​​​​​"How dare any of us judge another’s worthiness within the Catholic family?"

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Promoting priestly vocation to the young not an easy path

Promoting vocations for the priesthood is like looking for gold. “During purification, we will find out who will stay or not,” said Father Polinar Lope, who serves in the southern Philippines. But attracting young men to missionary vocations is doubly hard, he said.

catholic-sf.org Promoting vocations for the priesthood is like looking for gold. “During purification, we will find out who will stay or not,” said Father Polinar Lope, who serves in the southern Philippines. But attracting young men to missionary vocations is doubly hard, he said.

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Nuns who work with trafficking victims find high stakes, dark realities

ROME -- Sisters on the line in the fight against human trafficking struggle to take care of their own emotional and spiritual needs while being present for those abused by traffickers' crimes.

catholic-sf.org ROME -- Sisters on the line in the fight against human trafficking struggle to take care of her own emotional and spiritual needs while being present for those abused by traffickers' crimes.

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City is violating First Amendment by banning Nativity display, firm says

REHOBOTH BEACH, Del.-- City officials in Rehoboth Beach are violating a Catholic group's constitutional right to free exercise of religion by banning its Nativity display on city property, according to the First Liberty Institute.

catholic-sf.org REHOBOTH BEACH, Del.-- City officials in Rehoboth Beach are violating a Catholic group's constitutional right to free exercise of religion by banning its Nativity display on city property, according to the First Liberty Institute.

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Border bishops celebrate Posadas with migrants at Mexican shelter

MATAMOROS, Mexico -- Three bishops from along the U.S.-Mexico border joined migrants last week in celebrating Las Posadas, a Latin American Christmas tradition that reenacts Mary and Joseph’s search for an inn in Bethlehem.

catholic-sf.org MATAMOROS, Mexico -- Three bishops from along the U.S.-Mexico border joined migrants last week in celebrating Las Posadas, a Latin American Christmas tradition that reenacts Mary and Joseph’s search for an inn in Bethlehem.

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'Christendom no longer exists,' pope says, explaining need to revamp Curia

VATICAN CITY -- The ongoing reform of the Roman Curia is a necessary part of the Catholic Church's fidelity to its mission to proclaim the Gospel, recognizing that very few countries today can be described as "Christian" and that new ways of evangelizing are necessary, Pope Francis said.

catholic-sf.org VATICAN CITY -- The ongoing reform of the Roman Curia is a necessary part of the Catholic Church's fidelity to its mission to proclaim the Gospel, recognizing that very few countries today can be described as "Christian" and that new ways of evangelizing are necessary, Pope Francis said.

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Supreme Court to hear cases of fired Catholic school religion teachers

WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court will take a deeper dive into laws governing church and state next year when it examines two Catholic school teacher firings.

catholic-sf.org WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court will take a deeper dive into laws governing church and state next year when it examines two Catholic school teacher firings.

San Francisco's Most Holy Redeemer Church held its 10th annual Advent Pancake Breakfast Dec. 15 to support Catholic Charities' Peter Claver Community for low-income San Francisco residents who have disabling HIV/AIDS. MHR asked each person to donate canned food or contribute $5 for breakfast. Collections for the day totaled $900 and converted to 25 gift cards for residents. Pictured from left: MHR's Nick Andrade, Tobby de Lorenzo, Tanja Sagun, MHR's Ramona Michaels, Mariana Rodriquez. (Photo by Dennis Callahan/Catholic San Francisco)

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Pope Francis surprises high school students before Christmas break

ROME, Italy -- Pope Francis Friday made a surprise visit to a high school in Rome, where he spoke to about 800 students and answered questions about war, peace, and the coexistence of different cultures and religions.

catholic-sf.org ROME, Italy -- Pope Francis Friday made a surprise visit to a high school in Rome, where he spoke to about 800 students and answered questions about war, peace, and the coexistence of different cultures and religions.

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Associated Press: 'Tsunami' of abuse cases overwhelms Vatican's doctrine office

The Vatican is being hit with a “tsunami” of new clergy abuse claims, many from countries that had not previously sent such cases to Rome, the Associated Press reported.

catholic-sf.org The Vatican is being hit with a “tsunami” of new clergy abuse claims, many from countries that had not previously sent such cases to Rome, the Associated Press reported.

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