12.19
TCC TV: Sacred Journeys: Lourdes

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Lourdes

In 1858, in the southwest of France, a 14-year-old peasant girl named Bernadette Soubirous claimed she had 18 encounters with the Virgin Mary. Since then, Lourdes has become one of the holiest Catholic pilgrimage sites in the world, visited annually by more than five million people who come in search of healing. Since the end of World War II, veterans from around the world have journeyed to Lourdes seeking healing and unity during the International Military Pilgrimage. Watch the entire episode about wounded veterans seeking healing at Lourdes from PBS here: Lourdes at a Glance

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12.17
Misc: Pope Francis Helped Broker More Open Relations With Cuba

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Pope Francis has helped the US to normalize its relations with Cuba. Read more from Time here: Pope Francis Helped Broker Cuba Deal, and America here: Vatican Assists Historic Shift. See photos of popes and Catholics in Cuba after the jump:

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

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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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