Archive for December 22, 2023


By Mary Farrow

Yes, you need to go to Mass twice this weekend — for Sunday and for Christmas

The fourth Sunday of Advent falls on Christmas Eve. That means the faithful must attend two Masses in a row... Read more

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By Jonah McKeown

8 classic Christmas movies to watch with your family this year

If you’re a Catholic parent looking for a classic Christmas movie — especially a classic that’s appropriate and enjoyable for... Read more


By Daniel Payne

Is it okay to write ‘Merry Xmas’?: Inside the thousand-year-old Christian tradition

Contrary to what many believe, the term “XMas” is a Christian innovation meant to preserve Christ as the center of... Read more

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By Daniel Payne

European Union says Pornhub must comply with age verification, safety rules

The ruling by the EU means Pornhub and other high-traffic porn sites will have to “adopt specific measures to empower... Read more

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By Peter Pinedo

Israeli ambassador accuses Latin patriarch of Jerusalem of ‘blood libel’

In an interview with Crux published Dec. 22, the ambassador, Raphael Schutz, denied that IDF soldiers targeted the women. Read more

People mourn outside the Charles University building following a mass shooting on Dec. 22, 2023, in Prague, Czech Republic. Fourteen people were killed and 25 injured. Police say the gunman was a 24-year-old student at the university.?w=200&h=150

By Courtney Mares

Pope Francis ‘deeply saddened’ by shooting at Prague university 

A 24-year-old student opened fire in the university’s philosophy department building after first killing his father outside of Prague. The... Read more

On Dec. 21, 2023, leaders of the three communities responsible for the Basilica of the Holy Sepulcher took part in a meeting for the presentation of the work in progress in the Holy Sepulcher in Jerusalem in 2023. From left to right: Father Francesco Patton, custos of the Holy Land; H. B. Theophilos III, Greek Orthodox patriarch of Jerusalem; and H. B. Nourhan Manougian, Armenian Patriarch of Jerusalem.?w=200&h=150

By Marinella Bandini

Experts announce latest in restoration work on Jerusalem’s Church of the Holy Sepulcher 

New updates on the ongoing work at one of the holiest sites in Jerusalem were presented recently to leaders of... Read more


By Daniel Payne

New U.K. draft guidelines say teachers should not be forced to use students’ transgender pronouns

Draft guidelines issued this week by the U.K. Department for Education state that schools should only support student pronoun changes... Read more

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By Courtney Mares

Pope Francis sends papal almoner to Holy Land for Christmas as a sign of solidarity

Cardinal Konrad Krajewski will spend Christmas in Jerusalem, where he will join the local Christian community in praying for peace. Read more

A plenary meeting of the Polish bishops’ conference on March 15, 2022.?w=200&h=150

By Tyler Arnold

Polish bishops: Church does not have authority to ‘bless same-sex unions’

The Polish bishops’ statement did not expressly criticize the Vatican declaration on blessing same-sex couples but appeared to conflict with... Read more

Bishop Louis Mascarenhas of Allahabad greets Father Babu Francis at the gate of Naini jail in Prayagraj district with a bouquet of flowers.?w=200&h=150

By Anto Akkara

Indian priest jailed under ‘anti-conversion’ laws is released

Father Babu Francis was detained by the police on Oct. 1 after he sought information on the arrest and detention... Read more

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By Almudena Martínez-Bordiú

Revealed: the future of Father Rupnik’s dissolved community

The assets in the name of the Loyola Community will be used to create a compensation fund for the nuns... Read more

Pope Francis embraces Major Archbishop Sviatoslav Shevchuk, the leader of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church, during a meeting with bishops of the Synod of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church at the Vatican on Sept. 6, 2023.?w=200&h=150

By Joe Bukuras

Ukrainian archbishop says same-sex blessings document doesn’t apply to Eastern Churches

Major Archbishop Sviatoslav Shevchuk said that his statement was in response to numerous appeals from bishops, clergy, monastics, and individual... Read more


By Matt McDonald

Christmas 2023: Unusual back-to-back Mass schedule could hurt parishes’ collections this year

The worry is that some parishioners will fulfill their Sunday or Christmas Day obligation but not both. Read more