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Christmas spirit in the air as Vatican unveils Nativity scene, tree

The annual unveiling of the Vatican's Christmas tree and Nativity scene brought some much-needed warmth to people's hearts as winter approached.

Former U.S. Secretary of State James Baker speaks during the funeral service for former President George H.W. Bush Dec. 6 at St. Martin's Episcopal Church in Houston. (CNS photo/Rick T. Wilking, Reuters)

Houston Catholic, civic leaders hail late president as hometown hero

Catholic and civic leaders in the Houston area recalled the late George H.W. Bush's legacy as president, his history as a Houstonian and his faith as a Christian.

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Benedictine Sister Jennifer Mechtild Horner, prioress of the Sisters of St. Benedict of Beech Grove, Ind., holds a candle intended to symbolize the light of Christ as the sisters begin their first prayer service of Advent Dec. 1 at the Our Lady of Grace Monastery. (CNS photo/Katie Rutter)

Women religious launch Advent with the light appearing in darkness

A few purple hangings and an Advent wreath were the only signs of the season in the dark chapel of the Our Lady of Grace Monastery in Beech Grove.

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Bishop Thomas R. Zinkula of Davenport, Iowa, right, poses Nov. 16 with his sister Sharon Zinkula, and her husband, Joseph Flowers. They shared their family's story of dealing with racism. (CNS photo/Barb Arland-Fye, The Catholic Messenger)

Racism hits home for Iowa bishop’s family

As he and his brother bishops voted on a new pastoral letter on racism at their fall general assembly in Baltimore, Bishop Thomas R. Zinkula of Davenport reflected on how racism impacted his family in rural Iowa.

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A pro-life sign is displayed during the 2018 annual March for Life rally in Washington. "Unique From Day One: Pro-Life Is Pro-Science" is the theme of the 2019 march Jan. 18, Jeanne Mancini, March for Life president, said during a media briefing Dec. 5 in Washington. (CNS photo/Tyler Orsburn)

Woman who once assisted with abortions to address March for Life Jan. 18

Abby Johnson, who early in her career assisted in carrying out abortions, will be among the speakers during the 2019 March for Life rally Jan. 18 on the National Mall in Washington.

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Former U.S. President George W. Bush and former first lady Laura Bush stand at the flag-draped casket of former U.S. President George H.W. Bush as he lies in state inside the U.S. Capitol rotunda Dec. 4 in Washington. George H.W. Bush, the 41st president of the United States, died in his Houston home Nov. 30 at age 94. (CNS photo/Yuri Gripas, Reuters)

Pope expresses condolences for death of former President Bush

Pope Francis expressed his condolences for the death of the 41st president of the United States, George H.W. Bush.

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The sun peeks through the smoke and burned out trees during the Carr Fire in late July in the Whiskeytown Shasta-Trinity National Recreation Area near Redding, Calif. Catholic organizations in 2018 called for greater personal responsibility in tackling climate change. (CNS photo/Kelly Jordan, USA TODAY NETWORK via Reuters)

In 2018, Catholics spearheaded efforts in response to climate change

Catholic organizations called for greater personal responsibility in tackling climate change and stepped up their advocacy in opposing the rollback of U.S. environmental regulations during the last year.

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Scientist He Jiankui shows "The Human Genome," a book he edited, at his company. Direct Genomics, in Shenzhen, China, Aug.4, 2016. An ethicist calls Jiankui's gene editing on a human embryo "a train wreck of a thing to do." (CNS photo/Reuters)

Ethicist: Gene-editing human embryos ‘a train wreck of a thing to do’

The revelation in late November that a Chinese researcher had edited genes in human embryos and then implanted them in a woman was "a train wreck of a thing to do," said an ethicist at the National Catholic Bioethics Center in Philadelphia.

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Veerabhadran Ramanathan speaks on solutions to climate change during a Nov. 16 lecture at Villanova University in Philadelphia. (CNS photo/Paul Crane, courtesy Villanova University)

Still time to curb worst effects of warmer world, says climate scientist

An internationally renowned pioneer in climate science and climate change research, in an address at Villanova University, said that rather than "finger-pointing" about the causes of global warming, people need take collective action to slow the process.

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U.S. President George H.W. Bush applauds St. John Paul II after a welcoming ceremony prior to their audience at the Vatican in 1991. Bush, the 41st president of the United States and the father of the 43rd, died Nov. 30 at his home in Houston. He was 94.

Nation mourns death of 41st president, recalls his life of public service

When he was running for re-election in 1992, President George H.W. Bush told Catholic News Service that he believed that a strong religious faith could provide "an extra shot of strength when you need it."

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