1. Peacemakers love, defend, promote life, pope said in World Day of Peace message. . The message for January 1, 2013, was released by the Vatican Dec. 14. True peacemakers defend human life at every stage of its existence and promote the common good through their economic policies and activities, the pope said. Attacks on human dignity and human rights – from abortion and euthanasia to limits on religious freedom, and from religious fanaticism to "unregulated financial capitalism" – undermine efforts to bring peace to the world. True peacemakers, he said, "are those who love, defend and promote human life in all its dimensions." He added, "Anyone who loves peace cannot tolerate attacks and crimes against life." The text of the pope's message in English can be found online at: http://www.vatican.va/holy_father/benedict_xvi/messages/peace/documents/hf_ben-xvi_mes_20121208_xlvi-world-day-peace_en.html and in Spanish at http://www.vatican.va/holy_father/benedict_xvi/messages/peace/documents/hf_ben-xvi_mes_20121208_xlvi-world-day-peace_sp.html
2. Today is the fourth day of the O Antiphons. Read the prayers and listen to a podcast for this day.
3. Pope Benedict sent two tweets yesterday. "Mary is filled with joy on learning that she is to be the mother of Jesus, God’s Son made man. True joy comes from union with God." And “Everyone’s life of faith has times of light, but also times of darkness. If you want to walk in the light, let the word of God be your guide." Follow Pope Benedict at @Pontifex.
4. Canadianbishops offered their sympathy to U.S. Catholics in a letter to Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan, December 17.
5. God loves you.