11.30
Pope Ramps Up Charity Office to Be Near Poor, Sick

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The Vatican Almoner Archbishop Konrad Krajewski is the Vatican Almoner, a centuries old position that involves going out onto the streets of Rome at night to comfort the poor and the homeless.”This is the concept: Be with people and share their lives, even for 15, 30 minutes, an hour. . . . It has to cost you something.” Read more from ABC News here: Pope Ramps Up Charity Office to Be Near Poor, Sick

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11.27
Ask the Rabbi

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hanukkah

The Holy Father has encouraged Catholics to learn more about the Jewish faith. We are pleased to announce a new series called Ask the Rabbi. Our first question is about Hanukkah, which this year falls on Thanksgiving. Want to learn more? Rabbi Gregory Metzger from the Kol Tuv community in Los Angeles answers your questions after the jump:

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11.27
Misc: Obama’s call to close Vatican embassy draws fire

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The Vatican

The Obama administration will shut down the U.S. embassy to the Holy See and relocate it on the grounds of the American embassy to Italy.  Former U.S. Ambassadors to the Vatican criticize the move, while the United States government claims it is for security reasons. John Allen has the story in The National Catholic Reporter here: Obama’s call to close Vatican embassy draws fire

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11.26
Pope Francis’ Apostolic Exhortation “The Joy of the Gospel”

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Pope Francis Joy

Pope Francis has released his first Apostolic Exhortation, “Evangelii Gaudium” or “The Joy of the Gospel”. It is an incredible, challenging, and wide-ranging document. In it he writes, “How can it be that it is not a news item when an elderly homeless person dies of exposure, but it is news when the stock market loses two points?  . . . Can we continue to stand by when food is thrown away while people are starving? This is the case of inequality. Today everything comes under the laws of competition and the survival of the fittest, where the powerful feed upon the powerless.” He continues, “I prefer a Church which is bruised, hurting and dirty because it has been out on the streets, rather than a Church which is unhealthy from being confined and from clinging to its own security.”  Read the entire thing at the Vatican’s website here: Evangelii Gaudium. Read a summary from Vatican Insider here: This is How the Joy of the Gospel Can Reform the Church

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11.26
TCC Video: I Had Critics When I Adopted a Son with Down Syndrome But My Daughter Wasn’t One of Them

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Archie and Ace

Lisa Eicher writes for The Huffington Post about the special bond between her adopted son with special needs, Archie, and her biological daughter Ace. Read about it and watch a video here: I Had Critics When I Adopted a Son with Down Syndrome But My Daughter Wasn’t One of Them

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