Archive for December 23, 2023

Fresco by Giotto of St. Francis of Assisi embracing the Child Jesus at Christmas Mass in Greccio in 1223, located in the Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi in Assisi, Italy.?w=200&h=150

By Hannah Brockhaus

St. Francis and the story of the first Nativity scene

One of the world’s most beloved saints, St. Francis of Assisi, loved Christmas so much that he created the first... Read more

Cardinal Thomas Aquinas Manyo Maeda of Osaka, Japan.?w=200&h=150

By Peter Pinedo

Catholic Church reportedly closer to getting its first samurai saint

The Vatican is currently investigating miracles associated with the intercession of Blessed Justus Ukon Takayama. Read more

A moment at the vigil in preparation for Christmas held on Dec. 22, 2023, at the Church of St. Saviour in Jerusalem.?w=200&h=150

By Marinella Bandini

Catholics in the Holy Land gather at prayer vigil to prepare for Christmas

The weekend before Christmas began with an evening of prayer and music at the Church of St. Saviour, the Latin... Read more