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God speaks to us 'with the voice of a child,' Pope reflects

Dec 12, 2013 - 07:11 am .- During his daily Mass Pope Francis reflected on how God lowers himself to converse on our level, and encouraged those present to make more moments of silence in order to prepare for the birth of Jesus.

Schedule of Pope's Advent, Christmas liturgies released

Dec 5, 2013 - 03:05 am .- The Vatican has issued the calendar of all liturgical celebrations that Pope Francis is slated to preside over during the Advent and Christmas seasons, extending through January of 2014.

Christmas is more than a 'temporal celebration,' Pope reflects

Dec 2, 2013 - 11:45 am .- In his daily homily on the first Monday of Advent, Pope Francis reflected on the season of Christmas, explaining that it is a time to encounter the Lord in faith, and allow him to renew our lives.

Jesus' birth should deepen trust in God, Pope teaches

Jan 2, 2013 - 11:13 am .- The birth of Jesus causes joy because it gives us the certainty that God “works wonders in weakness,” Pope Benedict XVI said Jan. 2.

Jerusalem patriarch's Christmas message surveys Middle East situation

Dec 27, 2012 - 04:11 am .- The Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem, Archbishop Fouad Twal, has issued a Christmas message that both laments the violence and refugee situation in the Middle East and calls on Christians to live out their faith.

In Christmas message, Pope extends Christ's peace to the world

Dec 25, 2012 - 09:55 am .- Pope Benedict outlined the power of faith and pointed to Christ coming in the flesh as the source of hope and peace for society in his annual “Urbi et Orbi,” or “The city and to the world” message.

Bishop Conley: Christmas shows God is with mankind

Dec 24, 2012 - 04:02 pm .- Bishop James D. Conley of Lincoln, Neb., says Christmas shows that God is truly with mankind despite the evils of the world, which means Christians must “find the miraculous amid the ordinary.”

Children's music group wishes world Merry Christmas

Dec 21, 2012 - 12:00 pm .- An Austria-based singing group of children and teens has made a music video wishing a merry Christmas to the world as part of their mission to tell stories of faith through music.

Pope's childhood letter to Baby Jesus shows his faith

Dec 21, 2012 - 04:16 am .- A Christmas letter that Pope Benedict XVI wrote to Baby Jesus when he was seven years-old demonstrates his devotion to the Sacred Heart and his desire to be a priest.

'Holiday tree' dispute wins governor annual Scrooge award

Dec 21, 2012 - 12:05 am .- A law firm has given Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chaffee its 2012 “Ebenezer Award” for his insistence that the 17.5-foot fir tree in the local state house rotunda is a “holiday tree,” not a Christmas tree.

In rare article, Pope asks Christians to reassess priorities at Christmas

Dec 20, 2012 - 10:30 am .- The Dec. 20 edition of the Financial Times featured a rare article by Pope Benedict XVI in which he advises Christians to use Christmas as a time to “reassess priorities” and reflect on how to live out their faith with eternity in mind.

Pope says faith includes trust in dark moments

Dec 19, 2012 - 10:12 am .- Pope Benedict XVI continued his series of reflections on faith this Wednesday, saying that at times it includes an element of darkness.

Long-time Michigan roadside nativity resurrected

Dec 18, 2012 - 04:01 am .- A 67-year-old tradition of placing a nativity scene on a public median in Warren, Mich. has been re-established after a four-year legal battle involving the Freedom From Religion Foundation.

Amid struggle, Palestinian Christians look ahead to Christmas

Dec 18, 2012 - 12:02 am .- Armed conflicts and a decline in tourists and pilgrims from overseas will cause difficulties for Palestinian Christians, but they will still celebrate Christmas.

Small town's Christmas tree brings splendor to Vatican

Dec 14, 2012 - 04:20 pm .- A young boy named Mario had the honor of lighting a majestic Christmas tree in St. Peter's Square on the evening of Dec. 14.

Vatican Nativity scene will reflect southern Italy cave setting

Dec 14, 2012 - 11:00 am .- This Christmas season visitors to St. Peter’s Square will get a chance to see a Nativity scene that is set amid a famous city of ancient cave dwellings from southern Italy.

Mother recalls son waking from coma as best Christmas gift

Dec 10, 2012 - 04:07 pm .- After spending ten years in a comatose state, a young Italian man named Maximiliano Tresoldi woke up on Christmas of 2000 to dry the tears of his mother, Lucrecia.

After decades-long ban, Christmas holds new meaning for Cuba

Dec 4, 2012 - 12:07 pm .- Local Catholics say that the reinstatement of Christmas as a national holiday in 1997 after decades of being outlawed has brought enormous good “to the life of the nation,” but that its deeper meaning still needs to be understood.

DC campaign points to Jesus as perfect Christmas gift

Nov 27, 2012 - 12:37 pm .- A successful Advent initiative in Washington, D.C., is urging people to use the true meaning of the Christmas season to learn more about the Catholic faith and grow closer to Christ.

Vatican nativity set might include animals not at Jesus' birth

Nov 23, 2012 - 04:02 am .- The Vatican has started construction on its annual nativity set in St. Peter's Square, and the display is expected to include a few animals that may not have been at Jesus' birth.

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