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Richard J. Curry, S.J., professor of Catholic studies and theater at Georgetown University and founder of Dog Tag Bakery and the National Theatre Workshop of the Handicapped, passed away on Dec. 19 at the age of 72. • The Christmas spirit this year in Bethlehem—and the 2015 Christmas tourism season—has been dampened by the region’s renewed violence, which, since October, has included the deaths of almost 100 Palestinians and 22 Israelis. • The Diocese of Salt Lake City said in a statement on Dec. 16 that the change in the appearance of a consecrated host was caused by red bread mold, not blood, as some had believed. • After three scrubbed launches, a CubeSat satellite built by students at St. Thomas More Cathedral School in the Diocese of Arlington was finally launched into space on Dec. 6, headed to the International Space Station, where it will be released into orbit in late January. • Pope Francis on Dec. 18 visited the Caritas Center, a new homeless shelter in Rome’s Termini train station, where he opened a holy door for the Jubilee of Mercy, the first such celebration conducted at a facility for homeless people.

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