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Pope Francis gives the Urbi et Orbi blessing from the center loggia of St. Peter’s Basilica Dec. 25, 2019.

Pope Francis on Christmas: Christ's light is greater than the darkness of world's conflicts

On Christmas, Pope Francis prayed for Christ to bring light to the instability in Iraq, Lebanon, Venezuela, Yemen, Ukraine, Burkina... Read more

Pope Francis uncovers the Child Jesus in St. Peter's Basilica Dec. 24, 2019.

Sinner or saint – God loves you, Pope Francis says on Christmas Eve

A person’s weakness and sin does not change Christ’s love for them, and Catholics should strive to treat others the... Read more

Pope Francis in the Pope Paul VI hall Dec. 21, 2019.

Pope Francis: This Christmas, imitate St. Joseph's trust in God

In a difficult situation, St. Joseph put his whole trust in God and was obedient, an example for all Catholics... Read more

Pope Francis incenses the nativity scene in St. Peter's Basilica Dec. 24, 2017.

Pope Francis: Nativity scenes show a 'domestic Gospel'

Pope Francis Wednesday called Christmas nativity scenes a “domestic Gospel,” which helps to make the Holy Family present in one’s... Read more

Lebanese Christian children meet St. Nicholas during a 2018 gift drive by St. Rafka Mission of Hope and Mercy.

‘Adopt a family’ of Christian refugees in Lebanon this Christmas

As Lebanon’s economic crisis worsens, a Lebanese priest is asking for people to spiritually and charitably adopt a persecuted Christian... Read more

Cardinal Louis Raphael Sako.

Cardinal Sako orders muted Christmas celebrations in Iraq

Christmas celebrations among Iraqi Christians will be subdued this year in a show of solidarity with anti-government protesters.   Read more

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

Pope Francis blesses 100 nativity scenes near the Vatican

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

A Catholic church in Rantepao, South Sulawesi, Indonesia.

Amid terrorism fears in Indonesia, heavy security planned for Christmas

Authorities in Indonesia are expected to deploy 160,000 security personnel to ensure Christmas and New Year’s celebrations safe, according to... Read more

The 2019 Vatican nativity scene and Christmas tree.

Pope Francis: Don't forget the real meaning of Christmas

Ahead of the Vatican Christmas tree lighting Dec. 5, Pope Francis expressed hope that the nativity scene in St. Peter’s... Read more

Pope Francis celebrates Christmas Mass in St. Peter's Basilica Dec. 24, 2018.

Pope's letter on nativity scenes shares the story behind a beloved Christmas tradition

Pope Francis issued an apostolic letter Dec. 1 on the meaning and importance of nativity scenes, calling for this “wonderful... Read more

In Michelangelo's Pietà, the Virgin Mary holds her Son as she did at his birth.

St. Stephen’s Day connects Christ’s birth to his salvific mission, Pope Francis says

The feast of the first Christian martyr, St. Stephen, falls the day after Christmas —  timing that contains an important... Read more

Pope Francis gives the Christmas "Urbi et Orbi" blessing Dec. 25, 2018.

Pope’s Christmas Wish: Peace & brotherhood in world’s conflicts

On Christmas, Pope Francis prayed for peace and renewed brotherhood in Syria, Yemen, Venezuela, Nicaragua, and other parts of the... Read more

Officials look through the wreckage of damaged buildings in Carita, Indonesia on December 23, 2018.

Pope Francis asks for prayers for Indonesia after deadly tsunami

After a deadly tsunami struck Indonesia Saturday night, killing more than 200 people and injuring hundreds more, Pope Francis has... Read more

The Flight Into Egypt, Vittore Carpaccio. public domain.

Commentary: Is anyone 'ready' for Christmas?

We cannot be ready for the things that matter most unless Christ has come into our lives, and transformed them.  Read more

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

Pope Francis: Make space for wonder this Christmas

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

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

Artist: Gerard van Honthorst. Public Domain.

How one diocese is inviting people back to the Church this Christmas

As part of a recent evangelization outreach, the Archdiocese of Detroit is launching a Christmas campaign to welcome Catholics who... Read more

Rich Varano.

American sculptor humbled to bring sand nativity to Vatican

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

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

Pope Francis delivers a homily at Vespers in St. Peter's Basilica on Dec. 31, 2017.

Our response to the gift of Jesus? – ‘Thank you,’ Pope says New Year’s Eve

At Vespers for the close of 2017, Pope Francis said that the only adequate response to God’s gift of His... Read more