Dec 9, 2016 - 11:21 am .- As Christmas approaches, the Nativity scenes found in churches and homes around the world bid us to make room for Jesus both in our lives and in society, Pope Francis said shortly before the lighting of the Christmas tree in St. Peter’s Square Friday.
Dec 4, 2016 - 07:56 am .- The proclamation of John the Baptist to “Repent, for the Kingdom of God is at hand” is a joyful one that calls us to conversion, Pope Francis said today in his Angelus address on the second Sunday of Advent.
Dec 3, 2016 - 03:40 pm .- After Fidel Castro gained power in Cuba in 1959, he spent the next decade slowly imposing socialism on the country, including state atheism.
Dec 1, 2016 - 05:03 pm .- When most people think of New Orleans, they think of Mardi Gras. The raucous parades, elaborate masks, and colorful beads associated with the Carnival season are largely synonymous with the southern Louisiana city.
Nov 29, 2016 - 10:47 am .- While signs of bustling pilgrims who came for the Jubilee of Mercy are mostly gone, new signs of Christmas are springing up around St. Peter’s Basilica, including the construction of the large Nativity scene in the middle of the square, and the placement of a Christmas tree alongside it.
Sep 23, 2016 - 06:56 am .- New clarifications about Department of Veterans Affairs rules have resolved a dispute about religious Christmas carols, gifts and displays in veterans’ hospitals, a chaplains’ group has said.
Sep 15, 2016 - 03:04 am .- Most people know Jim Henson as the man who brought the world the beloved comedic puppet characters known as the Muppets: Kermit the Frog, his on-again, off-again diva girlfriend Miss Piggy, Fozzie Bear, and Big Bird, to name just a few.
Jan 6, 2016 - 04:29 am .- In a restless age when humanity fails to find the answer to their continuous searching, the Magi who go out looking for Christ only to find him in a humble stable in Bethlehem are a key example of where to turn, Pope Francis has said.
Dec 26, 2015 - 09:01 am .- For Pope Francis, the path forward from Christmas can be found in the martyrdom of St. Stephen, especially in his transforming forgiveness of his persecutors.
Dec 25, 2015 - 08:38 am .- In his annual Christmas “Urbi et Orbi” blessing Pope Francis prayed for all those affected by violence, conflict and poverty throughout the world, asking that they rejoice in salvation offered by the birth of Christ.
Dec 24, 2015 - 02:26 pm .- The joy we receive from Christ’s birth has the power to counteract doubt and indifference, in a world that is “merciless to the sinner and lenient to the sin,” Pope Francis said during Midnight Mass for Christmas.
Dec 18, 2015 - 03:43 am .- Delivering his Christmas message on Wednesday, Patriarch Fouad Twal of Jerusalem urged local and international actors to work for peace in the Holy Land and throughout the Middle East.
Dec 26, 2014 - 10:21 am .- Pope Francis marked the feast day of Saint Stephen on Dec. 26, noting that the martyrdom of the early Church saint helps prevent the Christmas season from being reduced to a trivial celebration.
Dec 25, 2014 - 05:01 am .- In his Christmas “Urbi et Orbi” blessing Pope Francis prayed for all who suffer due to war and conflict, asking that the salvation of the infant Jesus be given above all to abused and maltreated children.
Dec 24, 2014 - 02:59 pm .- The birth of Jesus – a light that shattered the world's darkness on Christmas night – witnesses to God's love for mankind amid a history marked by “violence, wars, hatred and oppression,” Pope Francis said.
Dec 24, 2014 - 11:04 am .- Pope Francis issued a strong message to members of the curia this week, warning them against careerism and urging them to live the reality of the priesthood – as servants.
Dec 19, 2014 - 05:05 pm .- The 83-foot Italian tree in St. Peter's Square was lit for the first time this season at the unveiling of the Vatican's nativity scene, which Pope Francis called a sign of “light, hope and love” for the world.
Dec 16, 2014 - 04:19 pm .- In the aftermath of a hostage situation at an Australian café, Sydney’s Archbishop Anthony Fisher, O.P., stressed that the love of Jesus Christ, Prince of Peace, can overcome fear and darkness.
Dec 16, 2014 - 04:01 pm .- Christmas carols echo reality for most Americans, who believe in the historical accuracy of several Gospel descriptions of the birth of Jesus Christ.
Dec 16, 2014 - 12:04 pm .- More than 2,000 Indian migrant workers in the Holy Land took part in a brief pilgrimage from Jerusalem to Bethlehem's Church of the Nativity over the weekend as part of their preparations for Christmas.