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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

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