VATICAN CITY -- Pope Francis accepted a proposal to set up a special commission on the sexual abuse of children, which will advise him on ways to prevent abuse and provide pastoral care for victims and their families.
Cardinal Sean P. O'Malley of Boston, a member of the pope's advisory Council of Cardinals, announced the decision at a Vatican briefing for reporters Dec. 5, during a break in the council's meetings with the pope.
VATICAN CITY -- With his resurrection, Jesus opened the doors for all those who believe in him to be risen and united with him in heaven, Pope Francis said.
The anticipation of eternal life "is the source and reason of our hope, a hope that, if cultivated and safeguarded, becomes the light to illuminate our own lives" and those around us, he said during his general audience in St. Peter's Square Dec. 4.
VATICAN CITY -- Pope Francis will help launch a global campaign of prayer and action against world hunger.
Organized by Caritas Internationalis, the Vatican-based federation of Catholic charities, the global "wave of prayer" will begin at noon Dec. 10 on the South Pacific island of Samoa and head west across the world's time zones.
Pope Francis will offer his blessing and support for the "One Human Family, Food For All" campaign in a five-minute video message being released on the eve of the global launch.
CINCINNATI -- Some retail outlets began playing Christmas music this year the day after Halloween to remind customers that the shopping days before Christmas were dwindling.
Time is running out, they say, to get great last-minute deals on this year's Tickle Me Elmo, ZhuZhu Pet or whatever fad gift the kids just have to have.
One store, however, is taking a different approach this Advent season. The Franciscan Friars of the St. John the Baptist Province now occupy a store in the same corridor as Macy's at Cincinnati's Northgate Mall -- and they don't want your money.