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By Patricia Zapor Catholic News Service

WASHINGTON (CNS) — African-American Catholics are much more engaged in their church on a variety of levels than are white Catholics, concludes the first National Black Catholic Survey.

Whether in a majority black church, a mixed or mostly white parish, the survey found African-American Catholics feel satisfied and fulfilled in their parishes, explained retired Bishop John H. Ricard of Pensacola-Tallahassee, Fla., who is president of the National Black Catholic Congress. (more…)

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By John Thavis Catholic News Service

Pope Benedict XVI waves to the crowd as he arrives in his popemobile to celebrate Mass at Berlin's Olympic Stadium Sept. 22. The Vatican said the pope greeted with a smile the news that a German citizen had filed a complaint against him for not wearing a seat belt in his popemobile during his visit to his homeland. (CNS photo/Fabian Bimmer, Reuters)

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — The Vatican said Pope Benedict XVI greeted with a smile the news that a German citizen had filed a complaint against him for not wearing a seat belt in his popemobile.

The Vatican spokesman, Jesuit Father Federico Lombardi, said Nov. 30 that the complaint was not being taken seriously at the Vatican.

“It continues to provoke curiosity and smiles of amusements, beginning with the pope himself,” Father Lombardi said.

Father Lombardi said it was well known that the popemobile does not travel long distances, moves at a very slow speed and doesn’t generally run the risk of encountering other vehicles in its path.

“The pope turns continually to the right and to the left to greet and bless the faithful. Often he gets up and takes in his arms babies to bless, to the joy of the parents and everyone present. All these gestures presume a certain freedom of movement,” the spokesman said.

Father Lombardi added that the Vatican was “grateful for the affectionate concern for the pope’s safety,” but added that the complaint did not seem to reflect much flexibility in interpreting the meaning of the law.

German news reports said the complaint against the pope was filed in the city of Dortmund following Pope Benedict’s September visit to his homeland. The pope traveled frequently in his popemobile during stops in Berlin, Erfurt, Etzelsbach and Freiburg. (more…)

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The 11th Annual Tree of Angels Ceremony at the Jefferson County Courthouse, 1149 Pearl St., Beaumont, is set for Dec. 6 at 6 p.m.

The purpose of the ceremony is to give victims, survivors and family members an opportunity to silently express their grief and to aid in the healing process. Angel ornaments may be placed on the tree in remembrance of a loved one killed by a violent crime or may be hung to represent any crime such as assault, murder, rape, family violence, child abuse or alcohol related crimes. (more…)

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Bulldogs head for state championship

If you can’t be at the championship game in person, listen to it live on KLVI-560 radio.

The Msgr. Kelly Catholic High School, Beaumont, football team is headed to the state championship Dec. 3. The Bulldogs will face off against Nolan Catholic High School, Fort Worth, for the TAPPS Division I championship at Wildcat Stadium in Temple at noon.

The game will also be available on the web through klvi.com or through radio apps for phones such as iheartradio. (more…)

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AOSUSA board plans for next year

“We’re taking a look at the next year and how we can better serve the seafarers and at the same time make what we do the most efficient that it can be,” Father Sinclair Oubre, president of Apostleship of the Sea of the United States of America, said about the recent board meeting for the organization.

Board members for AOSUSA from throughout the country gathered for the Winter 2011 Administrative Board meeting Nov. 28-29 at the Port Arthur International Seafarer Center. (more…)

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Christmas & New Year Mass Schedule

St. Anthony Cathedral Basilica – Beaumont 700 Jefferson

Christmas Eve Christmas Vigil Family Mass in Cathedral Basilica – 4 p.m.

Christmas Vigil Mass in Cathedral Basilica – 6:30 p.m.

Carols by Candle-Light in Cathedral Basilica – 11:30 p.m.

Pontifical Midnight Mass in Cathedral Basilica

Christmas Day

Solemn Christmas Day in Cathedral Basilica – 10 a.m.

New Year’s Eve Mass in Cathedral Basilica – 4 p.m.

New Year’s Day Mass in Cathedral Basilica – 10 a.m. & noon (more…)

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Bulldogs head for state championship

The Bulldogs proved that their bite was just as dangerous as their bark during the Thanksgiving break.

The Msgr. Kelly Catholic High School, Beaumont, football team is headed to the state championship Dec. 3. They will face off against Nolan Catholic High School, Fort Worth, for the TAPPS Division I championship at Wildcat Stadium in Temple at noon. (more…)

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