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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

Dec 31, 2017

By Hannah Brockhaus

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

The perfect Christmas gift: a wedding dress for a poor bride

Dec 28, 2017

A Catholic wedding planner has encouraged married women in Ecuador to “put a smile on the face of a poor... Read more

The Flight Into Egypt, Vittore Carpaccio

Commentary: Tribalism in the Christmas Octave

Dec 28, 2017

Pope Francis recently warned against the commercialization of Christmas, and reminded us that if our Christmas isn’t centered on Jesus,... Read more

Pope Francis celebrates Midnight Mass for Christmas Dec. 24, 2017.

Jesus' coming is an invitation to conversion, Pope Francis says

Dec 26, 2017

By Elise Harris

On Tuesday Pope Francis said there is a strong link between the death of St. Stephan, the Church's first martyr,... Read more

Pope Francis gives the Urbi et Orbi blessing on Christmas Day Dec. 25, 2017.

On Christmas, Pope says we see Jesus in every suffering child

Dec 25, 2017

By Elise Harris

Pope Francis on Christmas Day said the commemoration of Christ's birth is an occasion to remember and pray for every... Read more

Pope Francis prays the Angelus with pilgrims in St. Peter's Square Dec. 8, 2017.

Mary is a perfect example of how to respond to God's plan, Pope says

Dec 24, 2017

By Elise Harris

With Christmas just a day away, Pope Francis said Mary's humble and modest response at the announcement of Jesus' birth... Read more

Pope Francis laughing outside of St. Peter's Basilica during the general audience on April 1, 2015.

Pope Francis' three Christmas ingredients: joy, prayer, gratitude

Dec 17, 2017

With Christmas just eight days away, Pope Francis said three simple attitudes can help prepare us to welcome Jesus Christ.  Read more

Pope Francis meets with members of the Vatican's annual charity concert in Vatican City on Dec. 15, 2017.

Pope Francis: Music opens our hearts to the true meaning of Christmas

Dec 15, 2017

By Hannah Brockhaus

Music and art are especially suited to helping us more deeply comprehend the true meaning of the mystery of Christmas,... Read more

Fr. Cattany blesses an attendee of the annual Father Woody Christmas cash giveaway, Dec. 14, 2017.

Christmas cash for the homeless: The legacy of one Denver priest continues

Dec 14, 2017

By Mary Farrow, Perry West

It was a chilly Thursday in December, with a dusting of snow on the ground. But that didn’t stop hundreds... Read more

Metro ad. Courtesy of the Archdiocese of Washington.

Court rejects Washington archdiocese's Advent metro ad

Dec 11, 2017

By Adelaide Mena

A federal court has denied relief to the Archdiocese of Washington, in its request for an injunction that would have... Read more

Christmas tree and Navity scene in St. Peter's Square on Dec. 7, 2017.

Vatican nativity scene, Christmas tree unveiled

Dec 8, 2017

By Hannah Brockhaus

In an inauguration ceremony Thursday, the Vatican officially unveiled this year’s nativity scene in St. Peter’s Square, also lighting the... Read more

Go to Mass on Sunday and on Christmas, bishops say

Dec 1, 2017

By Mary Farrow

In a newsletter issued earlier this year, the U.S. Catholic bishops addressed questions regarding whether Sunday and Holy Day Mass... Read more

Jesus Joy of Man's Desiring.

'Tis the season: Dominican Sisters climb charts with new Christmas album

Oct 28, 2017

Among other things, the Dominican Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist have been known to appear on game shows... Read more

Unveiling of the Nativity scene in St. Peter's Square, Dec. 9, 2016.

Sistine Chapel Choir releases new album for Advent, Christmas

Oct 24, 2017

By Elise Harris

For the third year in a row, the Sistine Chapel Choir has released a new CD, which this year is... Read more

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On Christmas Day, Pope Francis prays for peace around the world

Dec 25, 2016

By Hannah Brockhaus

In his traditional "Urbi et Orbi" blessing Christmas Day, Pope Francis prayed that the Child Jesus, also called the Prince... Read more

Pope Francis celebrates Epiphany Mass at St. Peter's Basilica on Jan. 6, 2016.

Pope Francis: Want to see God this Christmas? Be humble

Dec 24, 2016

By Elise Harris

On Christmas Eve, Pope Francis noted how the coming of Jesus as an infant is paradoxical to the images of... Read more

General Audience with Pope Francis, April 17, 2013.

Pope Francis lays out 12 guiding principles for reform of the Roman Curia

Dec 22, 2016

By Elise Harris

In a lengthy, in-depth speech to members of the Roman Curia Thursday, Pope Francis dug into what he said are... Read more

Unveiling of the Nativity scene in St. Peter's Square, Dec. 9, 2016.

Amid Christmas rush, don't forget to make time for silence, Pope says

Dec 18, 2016

By Elise Harris

On Sunday Pope Francis said that with Christmas just around the corner, it’s important to stop and make time for... Read more

Pope Francis celebrates Epiphany Mass at St. Peter's Basilica on Jan. 6, 2016

Why speak about the poor? Look to Christmas, Pope Francis says

Dec 17, 2016

There’s a Christmas reason to speak always about the poor and about mercy, Pope Francis told a benefit concert Saturday.  Read more

Pope Francis eats breakfast with a group of homeless Dec. 17, 2016 for his 80th birthday.

Pope marks 80th birthday with charitable giving to Rome's poor

Dec 17, 2016

By Elise Harris

Pope Francis kicked off his 80th birthday by having breakfast with a group of homeless from around St. Peter’s and... Read more