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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 – 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.

Jesus is 'meaning of life, history,' Pope preaches on Christmas

Dec 24, 2013 - 04:07 pm .- Pope Francis’ homily at the vigil mass for Christmas focused on the importance of Jesus’ incarnation as a real and meaningful event.

Dominican carolers bring joy of Christmas to downtown DC

Dec 24, 2013 - 09:54 am .- Passers-by stopped for a moment to pause and listen in the busy streets of Washington, D.C., as Dominican brothers, sisters and friars gathered in joyful song to wish people a Merry Christmas.

Pope: Contemplate St. Joseph’s 'greatness of soul'

Dec 22, 2013 - 03:48 pm .- In his Sunday Angelus, Pope Francis reflected on the Christian witness of St. Joseph, who was faithful to God’s call despite impossible circumstances.

Bishops of Mexico to celebrate Christmas Mass in prisons

Dec 18, 2013 - 04:17 pm .- Cardinal Norberto Rivera Carrera of Mexico City will inaugurate a series of Masses on Dec.18 that will be celebrated during the Christmas season in various prisons in the Mexican capital.

Pope Francis sends Christmas presents to 2,000 poor immigrants

Dec 18, 2013 - 11:33 am .- Two thousand immigrants at a shelter near the Vatican received simple Christmas presents from Pope Francis on the evening of Dec. 14.

Pope: A Christian refusing to serve others is a 'pagan'

Dec 18, 2013 - 04:41 am .- In his Wednesday general audience this morning, Pope Francis stressed the importance of humility and service in the Christian life.

Holiness means 'letting God write our history,' preaches Pope

Dec 17, 2013 - 05:52 am .- Pope Francis’ daily homily focused on the importance of allowing God to be active and present in our daily lives.

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