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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

Bishop William Shomali, an auxiliary of the Patriarchate of Jerusalem, blesses the Indian Chaplaincy's Christmas peace pilgrimage to Bethlehem, Dec. 13, 2014.

Indian migrants in Holy Land walk to Bethlehem for peace

Dec 16, 2014

More than 2,000 Indian migrant workers in the Holy Land took part in a brief pilgrimage from Jerusalem to Bethlehem's... Read more

Choir members sing during Pope Francis' Mass in Bethelehms Manger Square on May, 25 2014

Choir director: singing for the Pope is like welcoming your father

May 25, 2014

By Elise Harris

The director of the choir who sang during Pope Francis’ Mass in Bethlehem earlier today expressed that to sing for... Read more

Christmas Carol.

Veteran hospital's ban on Christmas carols draws criticism

Jan 7, 2014

A Veterans’ Affairs hospital in Georgia was wrong to bar Christmas carolers from singing religious songs, a religious liberty legal... Read more

Three Wise men ride through St. Peters Square during a parade held after Pope Francis' Mass for the Feast of the Epiphany on Jan. 6, 2014

Journey of the Magi symbolizes 'destiny' of man, says Pope

Jan 6, 2014

By Elise Harris

In his homily for the feast of the Epiphany, Pope Francis described how our lives are a continuous search to... Read more

Pope Francis greets pilgrims in St. Peter's Square before the Wednesday general audience October 2, 2013.

Pope: Christmas reveals God's 'immense love'

Jan 5, 2014

Pope Francis delivered his Sunday Angelus greeting to a packed St. Peter’s Square today, emphasizing the greatness of divine love... Read more

A young family brings the offertory to Pope Francis at the Christmas Vigil Mass on December 24.

Peace requires 'daily commitment,' says Pope in Christmas message

Dec 25, 2013

In his Christmas message, Pope Francis prayed for peace throughout the world as a fruit of God`s grace, to be... Read more

Pope Francis holds a statue of the Christ child for the nativity scene on December 24, 2013.

Jesus is 'meaning of life, history,' Pope preaches on Christmas

Dec 24, 2013

Pope Francis’ homily at the vigil mass for Christmas focused on the importance of Jesus’ incarnation as a real and... Read more

Dominican friars and sisters sing carols in Washington D.C. Dec. 16, 2013.

Dominican carolers bring joy of Christmas to downtown DC

Dec 24, 2013

By Adelaide Mena

Passers-by stopped for a moment to pause and listen in the busy streets of Washington, D.C., as Dominican brothers, sisters... Read more

Pope Francis greets pilgrims in St. Peter's Square before the Wednesday general audience Dec. 11, 2013.

Pope: Contemplate St. Joseph’s 'greatness of soul'

Dec 22, 2013

In his Sunday Angelus, Pope Francis reflected on the Christian witness of St. Joseph, who was faithful to God’s call... Read more

Cardinal Norberto Rivera Carrera of Mexico City.

Bishops of Mexico to celebrate Christmas Mass in prisons

Dec 18, 2013

Cardinal Norberto Rivera Carrera of Mexico City will inaugurate a series of Masses on Dec.18 that will be celebrated during... Read more