The Church of Atheism of Central Canada previously had been denied charitable tax status as a religion by Canada's Minister of National Revenue. The Church of Atheism then appealed, claiming a violation of their rights under the Charter of Rights and Freedoms – Canada’s version of the Bill of Rights.
On November 23, seven plainclothes Egyptian police officers showed up at activist Ramy Kamel's house and confiscated many of his belongings including books, his laptop, his phone, and a digital camera. The following day, the Coptic activist known for advocating for Egypt's urban poor and rural peasants was charged with joining and financing a terrorist group and disrupting public peace.
“I wish to encourage the beautiful family tradition of preparing the nativity scene in the days before Christmas, but also the custom of setting it up in the workplace, in schools, hospitals, prisons and town squares,” the pope wrote in Admirabile Signum. “It is my hope that this custom will never be lost and that, wherever it has fallen into disuse, it can be rediscovered and revived.”
As Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi was concluding a press conference, a reporter yelled to California lawmaker, "Do you hare the president, Madame Speaker?" Pelosi, visibly upset, rebutted citing her Catholic upbringing. She said, "as a Catholic, I resent your using the word ‘hate’ in a sentence that addresses me,” she said. “I don't hate anyone."