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A Pakistani Christian man sentenced to 25 years in jail for blasphemy was freed this week

Fr Joseph Fessio worked with the author Peter Seewald on the English translation of the book

The Vatican denounced the ordination of a bishop in China conducted as the result of Government pressure

Print edition 26.11.10

Much of The Catholic Herald’s content – letters, reviews, news, extra comment and features – is not available online. This week, Fr James Hanvey SJ begins his Advent reflections. On the 30th anniversary of Dorothy Day’s death, Fr Ashley Beck looks at the fiery activist’s life; John Hinton reviews a book about the Quaker chocolate empires and Fr Adrian Graffy unpacks the Apostolic Exhortation Verbum Domini. Robin Baird-Smith, meanwhile, ruminates on the value of silence.

In interview with Peter Seewald the Pope strongly affirms 1968 encyclical that ruled against use of contraception

The Christian Brothers hope to find a second miracle for the canonisation of Blessed Edmund Rice

An extract of Peter Seewald’s interview with Pope Benedict from Light of the World, the Pope, the Church and the Signs of the Times

St Ralph Sherwin (December 1)

Daily Readings November 29 to December 4

Ordinary Form Divine Office Week I Monday, November 29: Weekday of Advent Is 4:2-6; Ps 122; Mt 8:5-11 Tuesday, November 30: St Andrew, Apostle, patron of Scotland Rom 10:9-18; Ps 19; Mt 4:18-22 Wednesday, December 1: Weekday of Advent Is 25:6-10a; Ps 23; Mt 15:29-37 Thursday, December 2: Weekday of Advent Is 26:1-6; Ps 118; Mt 7:21, 24-27 Friday, December 3: St Francis Xavier, priest Is 29:17-24; Ps 27; Mt 9:27-31 Saturday, December 4: Weekday of Advent or St John Damascene, priest, Doctor of the Church Is 30:19-21, 23-26; Ps 147; Mt 9:35–10:1, 5a, 6-8 Extraordinary Form Sunday, November 28: First Sunday of Advent Romans 13:11-14; Luke 21:25-33 Monday, November 29: Feria Readings of the First Sunday of Advent repeated Tuesday, November 30: St Andrew, Apostle Romans 10:10-18; Matthew 4:18-22 Wednesday, December 1: Feria Readings of the First Sunday of Advent repeated Thursday, December 2: St Bibiana, virgin and martyr Ecclesiasticus 51:13-17; Mt 13:44-52 Friday, December 3: St Francis Xavier, confessor Romans 10:10-18; Mark 16:15-18 Saturday, December 4: St Peter Chrysologus, bishop, confessor and doctor 2 Timothy 4:1-8; Matthew 5:13-19 Compiled by Gordon Dimon, Senior MC of the Latin Mass Society

First Sunday of Advent
Isaiah 2:1-5; Romans 13:11-14; Matthew 24:37-44