Archive of December 16, 2011

Vatican Christmas tree lights up St. Peter’s Square

Dec 16, 2011 - 05:20 pm .- As dark fell over St. Peter’s Square on Dec. 16, a young Ukrainian boy switched on the lights for the Vatican’s Christmas tree, a 98-foot spruce donated by his homeland.

100,000 northern Peruvians celebrate Marian feast day

Dec 16, 2011 - 04:45 pm .- Some 100,000 Catholics gathered in the northern Peruvian city of Otuzco to celebrate the feast day of Our Lady of the Gate on Dec. 15.

Young people give Pope hope for 2012

Dec 16, 2011 - 02:16 pm .- Pope Benedict XVI believes the various crises that afflicted society in 2011 can be met with hope in the coming year if parents introduce young people to Jesus and teach them Christian values.

Record drop in US marriages caused by social changes

Dec 16, 2011 - 06:17 am .- The fact that the number of Americans getting married is at a record low is due to changes in society’s values, public policy decisions and economic factors, says sociologist Dr. W. Bradford Wilcox.

Knights of Columbus urge millions to 'Keep Christ in Christmas'

Dec 16, 2011 - 03:03 am .- The Knights of Columbus' annual campaign reminding millions of Americans to “Keep Christ in Christmas” is in full swing with radio ads, signs, billboards, Nativity scenes and Christmas cards.

US bishops' campaign draws attention to domestic poverty

Dec 16, 2011 - 01:13 am .- The U.S. bishops announced the launch of a renewed media effort to promote a better understanding of poverty in America.

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