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Religious Christmas carols to be allowed in veterans' hospitals

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.  

The nativity show from the creators of the Muppets

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.

Pope: Humanity seeks God, and the Magi show us where to find him

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.

Let God's forgiveness heal your heart, Pope Francis says after Christmas

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.

Only God can overcome 'monstrous' evil in the world, Pope says on Christmas

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.

Christmas joy is the antidote to skepticism, Pope Francis says

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.

Jerusalem patriarch's Christmas letter encourages peace in Holy Land

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.

Saint's martyrdom strips Christmas of false 'saccharine-sweetness'

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.

The Pope's Christmas prayer โ€“ deliver children who suffer due to violence

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.

Pope Francis: Christ's birth more powerful than history of sin

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.

You are not 'lords of the manor': Pope Francis' tough words to curia

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.

A sign of hope; Christmas tree illuminates St. Peter's Square

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.

Christ offers healing and peace, Sydney archbishop says after siege

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.  

O Holy Night! Most Americans believe in Christmas story

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.

Indian migrants in Holy Land walk to Bethlehem for peace

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.

Choir director: singing for the Pope is like welcoming your father

May 25, 2014 - 11:58 am .- The director of the choir who sang during Pope Francis’ Mass in Bethlehem earlier today expressed that to sing for the pontiff in his country is like receiving your father into your home.

Veteran hospital's ban on Christmas carols draws criticism

Jan 7, 2014 - 12:08 am .- A Veterans’ Affairs hospital in Georgia was wrong to bar Christmas carolers from singing religious songs, a religious liberty legal group has said.

Journey of the Magi symbolizes 'destiny' of man, says Pope

Jan 6, 2014 - 04:48 am .- In his homily for the feast of the Epiphany, Pope Francis described how our lives are a continuous search to encounter “the Light” of Jesus, urging that we be “cunning” in our defense against darkness.

Pope: Christmas reveals God's 'immense love'

Jan 5, 2014 - 09:07 am .- Pope Francis delivered his Sunday Angelus greeting to a packed St. Peter’s Square today, emphasizing the greatness of divine love revealed in God becoming man.

Peace requires 'daily commitment,' says Pope in Christmas message

Dec 25, 2013 - 05:34 am .- In his Christmas message, Pope Francis prayed for peace throughout the world as a fruit of God`s grace, to be shared by every human person.

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