Archive for December 9, 2023


By Eduardo Berdejo

World’s ‘largest living Nativity scene’ opens in Colombia

Since Dec. 2, the faithful in Barranquilla, Colombia, have been able to visit the staging of “the largest Nativity scene... Read more

A painting of Franciscan missionary Pedro de Gante with Juan Diego, whom the friar baptized along with Diego’s wife in 1525.?w=200&h=150

By Francesca Pollio Fenton

Meet the Franciscan friar who baptized St. Juan Diego

Many people know the story of St. Juan Diego but are less familiar with the Franciscan missionary who baptized him. Read more


By Francesca Pollio Fenton

Christmas 2023: A Catholic gift guide for the little ones on your shopping list

These seven small Catholic shops offer great Christmas gifts for the children in your life. Read more

A pro-life woman kneels in prayer in front of the EMW Women's Surgical Center, an abortion clinic, in Louisville, Kentucky, on May 8, 2021.?w=200&h=150

By Tyler Arnold

Report: Interstate travel for abortion doubled from 2020 to 2023

In spite of the increase, pro-life activists pointed out that a recent increase in live births nationally shows that pro-life... Read more

Father Cristiano G. Borro Barbosa , 47, was appointed by Pope Francis as an auxiliary bishop for the Archdiocese of Boston on Dec. 9, 2023.?w=200&h=150

By Jonathan Liedl

Pope Francis appoints Brazilian native as Boston’s new auxiliary bishop  

Father Cristiano G. Borro Barbosa, 47, will join Cardinal Seán O’Malley and four other auxiliaries as bishops of the archdiocese.  Read more

Pope Francis gazes at a nativity scene during a meeting with two delegations at the Vatican Dec. 9, 2023 — a community from Macra, located in the Alps who provided this year’s Christmas tree, and people from the Diocese of Rieti, who donated this year's Nativity scene.?w=200&h=150

By Jonathan Liedl

Pope Francis: Vatican Nativity scene should prompt prayers for the Holy Land 

The pope made his remarks in a Saturday morning audience in Paul VI Hall with two delegations who donated the... Read more

The Vatican unveiled its annual Nativity scene on Dec. 9, 2023, paying special tribute to the origins of the beloved tradition on its 800-year anniversary.?w=200&h=150

By CNA Staff

Vatican unveils Nativity scene honoring St. Francis of Assisi and devotion’s 800-year-old origin 

The scene in St. Peter’s Square depicts not only Mary and Joseph standing beside the manager, but also St. Francis... Read more