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Venerable Fulton Sheen

Venerable Fulton Sheen on the meaning of Christmas

Dec 25, 2021

By Joe Bukuras

Venerable Fulton Sheen once said that in order to understand the meaning of Christmas, two philosophies of life must first... Read more

The Nativity, by Rogier van der Weyden, part of the Bladelin Altarpiece.

12 saints' quotes about the true meaning of Christmas 

Dec 24, 2021

By Katie Yoder

While the saints offer unique insights into Christmas, they touch on similar themes: hope, joy, and the unconditional love of... Read more

Pope Francis celebrates Christmas Mass in St. Peter's Basilica Dec. 24, 2020.

10 things that Pope Francis wants us to learn from the nativity scene

Dec 17, 2021

By CNA Staff

The tradition was born in an unassuming town in 1223. Read more

Nativity scene commissioned by Pope Nicholas IV in 1292. Credit: Daniel Ibanez/CNA.

First known nativity scene figurines are on display in Rome

Dec 16, 2021

By Courtney Mares

They are housed in the Basilica of St. Mary Major. Read more

Nativity scene commissioned by Pope Nicholas IV in 1292. Credit: Daniel Ibanez/CNA.

First known nativity scene figurines can now be seen in St. Mary Major Basilica

Dec 23, 2020

By Courtney Mares

The first known nativity scene figurines are on display this Christmas in one of Rome’s oldest basilicas.  Read more

Pope Francis blesses nativity scenes near the Vatican Dec. 9, 2019.

Pope Francis blesses 100 nativity scenes near the Vatican

Dec 9, 2019

Pope Francis Monday stopped by the “100 Nativities in the Vatican” display to bless Christmas scenes from all over the... Read more

Pope Francis in the Paul VI hall Dec. 13, 2017.

Pope Francis: Make space for wonder this Christmas

Dec 19, 2018

By Hannah Brockhaus

Make space for wonder and surprise this Christmas, Pope Francis urged Wednesday, explaining that the first Christmas had many surprises... Read more

Nativity made of red coral in the "100 Nativities at the Vatican" display.

'100 Nativities in the Vatican' seeks to show true meaning of Christmas

Dec 17, 2018

By Courtney Mares

More than 100 nativity scenes are on display near the Vatican as the Pontifical Council for the Promotion of the... Read more

Rich Varano.

American sculptor humbled to bring sand nativity to Vatican

Dec 5, 2018

By Hannah Brockhaus

Growing up next door to Daytona Beach in Florida, Rich Varano spent a lot of time making things out of... Read more

Construction begins on 2018 Vatican Nativity scene.

Artists begin work on Vatican Christmas nativity – out of sand

Nov 17, 2018

By Hannah Brockhaus

The Vatican’s nativity scene will be a little bit different this year. In a departure from the traditional Neapolitan or... Read more

Nativity Scene for Christmas 2013 designed by Antonio Cantone in Saint Peters Square

Designer says it was an honor to present nativity to Pope

Jan 16, 2014

By Elise Harris

The man in charge of constructing this year’s nativity scene for the Vatican expressed his delight at giving to Pope... Read more