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Major Archbishop Sviatoslav Shevchuk, head of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church. YouTube screenshot.

‘May the Savior wipe away every tear’: Ukrainian Greek Catholic leader issues Christmas message

The leader of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church urged his flock Wednesday to set aside “fear and sorrow” as they... Read more

Pope Francis gives his Christmas ‘Urbi et Orbi’ blessing Dec. 25, 2020. Credit: Vatican Media.

Pope Francis calls for ‘vaccines for all’ as he gives Christmas Urbi et Orbi blessing

Giving his traditional Christmas “Urbi et Orbi” blessing Friday, Pope Francis called for coronavirus vaccines to be made available to... Read more

Pope Francis at his general audience address in the library of the Apostolic Palace Dec. 16, 2020. Credit: Vatican Media.

Pope Francis: 'Christmas is the feast of love incarnate'

Pope Francis said Wednesday that Christmas brings joy and strength that can remove the pessimism that has spread in human... Read more

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Pope Francis: ‘Consumerism has stolen Christmas’

Pope Francis advised Catholics Sunday not to waste time complaining about coronavirus restrictions, but to focus instead on helping those... Read more

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As Christmas nears, Catholic priest sees ‘signs of hope’ at COVID hospital in Rome

A Catholic chaplain at a COVID hospital in Rome said he has seen many reasons for hope this Advent, especially... Read more

Cardinal Robert Sarah, prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship, in Rome on Nov. 25, 2014.

Vatican permits priests to say up to four Masses on Christmas Day

The Vatican’s liturgy congregation will permit priests to say up to four Masses on Christmas Day, the Solemnity of Mary,... Read more

Michael P. Warsaw, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of EWTN Global Catholic Network.

EWTN’s Warsaw: No politician can ‘cancel Christmas’

The head of the EWTN media network encouraged Christians to be hopeful and filled with joy this Christmas, despite efforts... Read more

Archbishop Rino Fisichella at the inauguration of '100 Nativity Scenes at the Vatican' Dec. 13, 2020.

Mini Pope Francis featured in Vatican’s annual 100 nativity scenes display

Among the novelties of this year’s “100 Nativity Scenes at the Vatican” exhibit is the inclusion of a miniature Pope... Read more

The Vatican’s nativity scene is unveiled in St. Peter’s Square Dec. 11, 2020.

‘It doesn’t embarrass us’: Art teacher defends Vatican’s much-maligned nativity scene

A teacher at the art institute where the Vatican’s much-maligned nativity scene was made has responded to its critics.  Read more

Is Christmas simply a re-imagining of ancient pagan celebrations?

‘Tis the season to be jolly, and, perhaps, to have one’s social media inundated with memes about Christmas being nothing... Read more

Pope Francis meets with the artists of the Christmas Concert Dec. 12, 2020.

Pope Francis: Art which transmits truth and beauty gives joy

When truth and beauty are transmitted in art, it fills the heart with joy and hope, Pope Francis told a... Read more

Pope Francis celebrates Midnight Mass at St. Peter’s Basilica, Dec. 25, 2019.

Pope Francis to offer Midnight Mass at 7:30pm

Pope Francis’ Midnight Mass will begin at 7:30 p.m. this year, as the Italian government extends a national curfew through... Read more

Child standing in front of ruined building in Syria.

Remember Syrians this Christmas

Do not forget the suffering Christians in Syria, a member of a pontifical aid foundation implored officials from the U.S.,... Read more

Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, the day after a massive fire damaged parts of the roof and structure in April 2019.

Notre-Dame choir to return to fire-damaged cathedral for Christmas concert

Notre-Dame Cathedral choir will return to the damaged cathedral on Christmas Eve to perform a concert that will be broadcast... Read more

A detail from the monumental Nativity scene of the Castelli.

Vatican Christmas display to be ‘a sign of hope’ during pandemic

The Vatican announced the details of the 2020 edition of the annual Christmas display in St. Peter’s Square, intended to... Read more

The Vatican Christmas Cookbook.

Former Swiss Guard releases Catholic Christmas cookbook

A new cookbook offers recipes, some more than 1,000 years old, that have been served at the Vatican during the... Read more

New children's book spins Christmas tale about spiders

There is an ancient legend about Mary, Joseph, Jesus, and a spider.  Read more

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Christmas comes early in Indiana with nativity scene court case

An Indiana town is defending its Christmas display in court this summer, after a traveller through the area claimed she... Read more

Carolers gather outside Melbourne Assessment Prison on Christmas Eve, 2019.

Christmas Eve carolers for Cardinal Pell gathered at Melbourne prison

A group of local Catholics gathered outside Melbourne prison on Christmas Eve to sing carols for Cardinal George Pell.  Read more

Pope Francis gives the Angelus address during Advent 2016.

St. Stephen's martyrdom shows 'true meaning of Christmas,' Pope Francis says

The death of St. Stephen, the Church’s first martyr, teaches Catholics to renew their commitment to charity and self-gift, part... Read more