Archive for December 3, 2022

A 17th-century Japanese depiction of St. Francis Xavier, from the Kobe City Museum collection.?w=200&h=150

By Peter Pinedo

The unlikely hero of India: St. Francis Xavier 

Today’s feast celebrates the life of St. Francis Xavier, the patron saint of missionaries and missions, who led an unlikely... Read more

Pope Francis celebrates the International Day of Disabled Persons at the Vatican on Dec. 3, 2022.?w=200&h=150

By Courtney Mares

Pope Francis: The Church has a duty to welcome people with disabilities

“There is no inclusion if it only remains a slogan, a formula to be used in politically correct speeches,” Pope... Read more

The Vatican’s Christmas tree lighting ceremony on Dec. 3, 2022.?w=200&h=150

By Courtney Mares

PHOTOS: Vatican Christmas tree lighting ceremony 2022

A large hand-carved wooden nativity scene was unveiled in St. Peter Square on Saturday night at the Vatican’s Christmas tree... Read more

Pope Francis spent time in silent prayer in front of a nativity scene handmade by artisan craftsmen in Guatemala on Dec. 3, 2022.?w=200&h=150

By Courtney Mares

Pope Francis blesses Nativity scene made by craftsmen in Guatemala

Pope Francis blessed a Nativity scene on Saturday that was handmade by artisan craftsmen in Guatemala. Read more