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News Update/Digest

Issue of December 25, 2016 - January 14, 2017 The following items are condensed. For the complete articles, please read the print edition of The Catholic New World. To subscribe, call (312) 534-7777.

News Update

Hundreds brave the cold prior to midnight Mass at the shrine. (Karen Callaway/Catholic New World)

Faithful pilgrims make their way to place flowers near Our Lady after midnight Mass. (Karen Callaway/Catholic New World)

Pilgrims take pictures prior to midnight Mass at the shrine on Dec. 12. (Karen Callaway/Catholic New World)

Cyclists from St. John Bosco make their way back to their parish after visiting the shrine. (Karen Callaway/Catholic New World)

A family from Melrose Park takes a selfie near the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Des Plaines, Ill., Dec. 12. Over 100,000 people make the pilgrimage to the shrine during the two-day feast day celebration. (Karen Callaway/Catholic New World)

Aztec dancers lead the procession for midnight Mass at the shrine. (Karen Callaway/Catholic New World)

Father Esequiel Sanchez, rector of the shrine, walks past the dancers. (Karen Callaway/Catholic New World)

Members of a choir sing during Mass. (Karen Callaway/Catholic New World)

Bishop Manz addresses the congregation. (Karen Callaway/Catholic New World)

Bishop John Manz celebrates midnight Mass. (Karen Callaway/Catholic New World)

A woman prays during Mass. (Karen Callaway/Catholic New World)

Father Esequiel Sanchez, rector of the shrine, shares the eucharistic prayer with Bishop Manz during midnight Mass. (Karen Callaway/Catholic New World)

Pilgrims pray during midnight Mass at the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Des Plaines on Dec. 12. Over 100,000 people make the pilgrimage to the shrine during the two-day celebration. (Karen Callaway/Catholic New World)

Pope’s 2017 calendar filled with ‘ad limina’ visits

For Pope Francis, the Year of Mercy will be followed by the Year of the “Ad Limina” visits.

Like St. John Paul II did during the Jubilee Year 2000, Pope Francis suspended for the Year of Mercy the formal visits bishops from around the world make “ad limina apostolorum” — to the threshold of the Apostles, meaning Peter and Paul, who were martyred in Rome.

After Berlin attack, German Catholics unite in prayer

In the wake of the terrorist attack on the Berlin Christmas market, Catholics across Germany were uniting to support the Christian community.

The attack has provoked strong emotions among many people, especially given that Christmas is traditionally one of Germany’s most beloved and important holidays.