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Vatican offers vaccinations to residents

VATICAN CITY — The Vatican will begin offering COVID-19 vaccinations in mid-January, giving priority to its health care workers, security personnel, employees who deal with the public and older residents, employees and retirees.


William “Willie” George Lisko, 91, a member of Immaculate Heart of Mary Church in North Little Rock (Marche), died Dec. 17. He worked for the Diocese of Little Rock for several years, retiring when he was 75 years old. He is survived by …

Pope: In new year, share the blessing of time

VATICAN CITY — At the beginning of a year people hope will mark the end of the COVID-19 pandemic, Pope Francis urged them to create a "culture of care," including by sharing the gift of their time with others.

Church bells ring Dec. 30 in honor of 336,000 COVID-19 victims

WASHINGTON (CNS) — Churches rang bells at noon Dec. 30, during the octave of Christmas, to remember and honor the more than 336,000 people who have died in the United States from COVID-19.

Pope: Despite a difficult year, much to be thankful for

VATICAN CITY — The notable absence of Pope Francis at the final liturgical celebration of 2020 in St. Peter's Basilica capped off a difficult year for the Vatican and for the world.

Holiness is a desire for God, intertwined with personal integrity 

The Letter to the Hebrews tells us to strive for holiness, “without which no one will see the Lord.” (12:14) (Understanding our Church, Seeds of Faith)

What is your new year’s resolution for your faith? 

“My New Year’s resolution for 2021 is to always help people in need. I will try to be honest when people want the truth. I will pray every …" (Youthspeak, Seeds of Faith)

The one certain truth you should know for 2021

“A baby is God's way of saying the world should go on." My mother spoke this truth a thousand times while I was growing up. She said it every time we heard news of a friend or relative expecting a baby, but also each time the world darkened with terrible suffering or personal tragedy. She saw in each human life a great possibility: the prospect of new beginnings meeting the promise of hope. (Columns)

When it's your turn, get the COVID vaccine

The coronavirus vaccine is finally here. Not enough of it is here yet, and its rollout has not been without confusion and logistical tie-ups, but people are receiving their first doses. Already we see some first providers, medical professionals and politicians sharing photos of themselves being vaccinated. (Guest Commentary)


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