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Italian priest cancels Nativity display to avoid offending people

Dec 15, 2016

An Italian priest is under fire from locals for deciding against setting up the typical Nativity scene in his town’s... Read more

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

As Vatican lights Christmas tree, Pope reflects on Nativity scene

Dec 9, 2016

By Hannah Brockhaus

As Christmas approaches, the Nativity scenes found in churches and homes around the world bid us to make room for... Read more

Pope Francis greets pilgrims gathered in St. Peter's Square for a Jubilee audience on November 12, 2016.

Prepare for Christmas by conversion, Pope tells Advent Angelus crowd

Dec 4, 2016

The proclamation of John the Baptist to “Repent, for the Kingdom of God is at hand” is a joyful one... Read more

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That time JPII changed Fidel Castro's mind about Christmas

Dec 3, 2016

After Fidel Castro gained power in Cuba in 1959, he spent the next decade slowly imposing socialism on the country,... Read more

New Orleans' Jackson Square.

Christmastime in New Orleans: a holiday celebration unlike any other

Dec 1, 2016

By Michelle La Rosa

When most people think of New Orleans, they think of Mardi Gras. The raucous parades, elaborate masks, and colorful beads... Read more

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

Here's what Pope Francis is doing for Christmas

Nov 29, 2016

By Elise Harris

While signs of bustling pilgrims who came for the Jubilee of Mercy are mostly gone, new signs of Christmas are... Read more

Arist: Gerard van Honthorst. Public Domain.

Religious Christmas carols to be allowed in veterans' hospitals

Sep 23, 2016

New clarifications about Department of Veterans Affairs rules have resolved a dispute about religious Christmas carols, gifts and displays in... Read more

Nativity Story Live.

The nativity show from the creators of the Muppets

Sep 15, 2016

By Mary Farrow

Most people know Jim Henson as the man who brought the world the beloved comedic puppet characters known as the... Read more

Pope Francis celebrates New Year's Day Mass for the Solemnity of Mary the Mother of God on Jan. 1, 2015.

Pope: Humanity seeks God, and the Magi show us where to find him

Jan 6, 2016

By Elise Harris

In a restless age when humanity fails to find the answer to their continuous searching, the Magi who go out... Read more

Pope Francis in St. Peter's Square Feb 18.

Let God's forgiveness heal your heart, Pope Francis says after Christmas

Dec 26, 2015

For Pope Francis, the path forward from Christmas can be found in the martyrdom of St. Stephen, especially in his... Read more

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Only God can overcome 'monstrous' evil in the world, Pope says on Christmas

Dec 25, 2015

By Elise Harris

In his annual Christmas “Urbi et Orbi” blessing Pope Francis prayed for all those affected by violence, conflict and poverty... Read more

Pope Francis at the general audience in St. Peter's Square on Dec. 16, 2015.

Christmas joy is the antidote to skepticism, Pope Francis says

Dec 24, 2015

By Ann Schneible

The joy we receive from Christ’s birth has the power to counteract doubt and indifference, in a world that is... Read more

Nativity. Artist: Gerard van Honthorst. Public Domain.

Jerusalem patriarch's Christmas letter encourages peace in Holy Land

Dec 18, 2015

Delivering his Christmas message on Wednesday, Patriarch Fouad Twal of Jerusalem urged local and international actors to work for peace... Read more

Pope Francis delivers his first Sunday Angelus on March 17, 2013.

Saint's martyrdom strips Christmas of false 'saccharine-sweetness'

Dec 26, 2014

Pope Francis marked the feast day of Saint Stephen on Dec. 26, noting that the martyrdom of the early Church... Read more

Pope Francis celebrates Christmas Eve Mass in St. Peter's Basilica on Dec. 24, 2014.

The Pope's Christmas prayer – deliver children who suffer due to violence

Dec 25, 2014

By Elise Harris

In his Christmas “Urbi et Orbi” blessing Pope Francis prayed for all who suffer due to war and conflict, asking... Read more

Pope Francis at Christmas Mass at St. Peter's Basilica the evening of Dec. 24, 2014.

Pope Francis: Christ's birth more powerful than history of sin

Dec 24, 2014

By Ann Schneible

The birth of Jesus – a light that shattered the world's darkness on Christmas night – witnesses to God's love... Read more

Pope Francis in Paul VI Hall on March 16, 2013.

You are not 'lords of the manor': Pope Francis' tough words to curia

Dec 24, 2014

Pope Francis issued a strong message to members of the curia this week, warning them against careerism and urging them... Read more

Vatican Christmas tree lighting in St. Peter's Square on Dec. 19, 2014.

A sign of hope; Christmas tree illuminates St. Peter's Square

Dec 19, 2014

By Elise Harris

The 83-foot Italian tree in St. Peter's Square was lit for the first time this season at the unveiling of... Read more

A man places flowers as a mark of respect for the victims of Martin Place siege on December 16, 2014 in Sydney, Australia.

Christ offers healing and peace, Sydney archbishop says after siege

Dec 16, 2014

In the aftermath of a hostage situation at an Australian café, Sydney’s Archbishop Anthony Fisher, O.P., stressed that the love... Read more

One of the Nativity sets on display at the '100 Cribs' exhibit at the Basilica of St. Mary del Popolo in Rome, Dec. 15, 2014.

O Holy Night! Most Americans believe in Christmas story

Dec 16, 2014

Christmas carols echo reality for most Americans, who believe in the historical accuracy of several Gospel descriptions of the birth... Read more