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Luke Goodrich, an attorney who represents the Little Sisters of the Poor in their lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services over the contraceptive mandate, has written a book,

Religious freedom is a basic human right, says lawyer for Little Sisters

As an attorney with Becket, a religious liberty law firm, Luke Goodrich is proud to be able to make a difference while earning a livelihood. He sees his work as a calling from God.

The Christmas tree sparkles after a lighting ceremony in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican Dec. 5, 2019. (CNS photo/Paul Haring) See POPE-CHRISTMAS-VATICAN Dec. 5, 2019.

Vatican unveils Nativity scene, lights Christmas tree

The Vatican unveiled the Nativity scene and lit the Christmas tree with energy-saving lights in St. Peter's Square during a late afternoon ceremony Dec. 5.

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Water flows down the Trient Glacier in Trient, Switzerland, Aug. 26, 2019. (CNS photo/Denis Balibouse, Reuters) See POPE-UN-CLIMATE Dec. 4, 2019.

Pope demands action for failing fight against climate change

Despite growing recognition of climate change as a legitimate and looming threat, current commitments to mitigate its effects and alter human behavior fall short of those needed to resolve the crisis in time, Pope Francis said.

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Bishop Richard J. Malone of Buffalo gives the homily as he concelebrates Mass with other U.S. bishops from the state of New York at the Basilica of St. Paul Outside the Walls in Rome Nov. 12, 2019. Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of Bishop Malone and named Bishop Edward B. Scharfenberger of Albany, N.Y., as Buffalo's apostolic administrator. (CNS photo/Paul Haring) See MALONE-RESIGN Dec. 4, 2019.

Bishop Malone resigns; Albany bishop named apostolic administrator

Buffalo Bishop Richard J. Malone told Catholics Dec. 4 he asked Pope Francis to allow him to retire early so the people of the diocese "will be better served" by a new bishop.

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Pope Francis greets the crowd during his general audience in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican Dec. 4, 2019. (CNS photo/Paul Haring) See POPE-AUDIENCE-MAGIC Dec. 4, 2019.

Trust in Christ, not in psychics, sorcerers, pope says at audience

Pope Francis scolded people who consider themselves practicing Christians, but who turn to fortunetelling, psychic readings and tarot cards.

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Jennifer Kostyrka of Lynbrook, N.Y., presses rosary beads against the tomb of Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen in the crypt of St. Patrick's Cathedral in New York Dec. 9, 2009. Bishop Daniel R. Jenky of Peoria, Ill., announced June 27, 2019, that the remains of Archbishop Sheen, a candidate for sainthood, were being transferred from St. Patrick's Cathedral to the Cathedral of St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception in Peoria. (CNS photo/Gregory A. Shemitz) (Dec. 10, 2009) See PEORIA-SHEEN-TRANSFERRED June 27, 2019.

Beatification for Archbishop Sheen postponed

Bishop Daniel R. Jenky of Peoria said Vatican officials have told him that the upcoming beatification of Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen has been postponed.

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Jeffrey Rentegrado leads the rosary with other members of the Knights of Columbus in the Philippines alongside a portrait of Knights' founder Father Michael J. McGivney. On May 27, 2009, Rentegrado was shot by a gunman 13 times, and during the ordeal he grabbed his rosary and prayed for the intercession of Father McGivney, a candidate for sainthood. Rentegrado is featured in "Everyday Heroes," a video series produced by the Knights. (CNS photo/Spirit Juice, courtesy Knights of Columbus) See EVERYDAY-HEROES-FISHERMAN Dec. 3, 2019.

Everyday Heroes: Fisherman attributes survival to heavenly intercession

Jeffrey Rentegrado never expected that his career as a fisherman could put his life in danger.

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Iraqi demonstrators carry a wounded man during ongoing anti-government protests in Baghdad Nov. 29, 2019. Pope Francis said after the Angelus Dec. 1 he was concerned and saddened following two months of protests in Iraq that resulted in the deaths of hundreds of people. (CNS photo/Alaa al-Marjani, Reuters) See POPE-ANGELUS-IRAQ Dec. 2, 2019.

Pope saddened by deadly protests in Iraq

Pope Francis said he was concerned and saddened following two months of protests in Iraq that resulted in the deaths of hundreds of people.

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Dick Van Dyke and Angela Lansbury star as guardian angels in "Buttons: A Christmas Tale." The 2018 musical film is being released on DVD Dec. 3, 2019, just in time for the holidays. (CNS photo/Paramount Home Entertainment) See CHRISTMAS-TALE Nov. 2, 2019.

Christmas movie tells story of orphans helped by guardian angels

When it debuted in late 2018, "Buttons: A Christmas Tale" boasted an impressive number of famous names and familiar faces, and it was shown in select theaters only Dec. 8, 2018.

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Pope Francis prays during a visit to the Nativity scene of Greccio, Italy, Dec. 1, 2019. The first Nativity scene was assembled in Greccio by St. Francis of Assisi in 1223. (CNS photo/Vatican Media) See POPE-NATIVITY-SCENE-LETTER Dec. 1, 2019.

Pope asks Catholics to set up, be enchanted by a Nativity scene

A Nativity scene is a simple reminder of something astonishing: God became human to reveal the greatness of his love "by smiling and opening his arms to all," Pope Francis said in a letter on the meaning and importance of setting up Christmas cribs.

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