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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

Pope Francis visits the Brazilian community of Varginha July 25, 2013.

Pope Francis sends Christmas presents to 2,000 poor immigrants

Dec 18, 2013

Two thousand immigrants at a shelter near the Vatican received simple Christmas presents from Pope Francis on the evening of... Read more

Pope Francis blesses a rosary for a pilgrim in St. Peter's Square during the Wednesday general audience on Dec. 4, 2013.

Pope: A Christian refusing to serve others is a 'pagan'

Dec 18, 2013

In his Wednesday general audience this morning, Pope Francis stressed the importance of humility and service in the Christian life.  Read more

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

Holiness means 'letting God write our history,' preaches Pope

Dec 17, 2013

Pope Francis’ daily homily focused on the importance of allowing God to be active and present in our daily lives.  Read more

Pope Francis in St. Peter's Square during the Wednesday general audience on Nov. 27, 2013

God speaks to us 'with the voice of a child,' Pope reflects

Dec 12, 2013

By Elise Harris

During his daily Mass Pope Francis reflected on how God lowers himself to converse on our level, and encouraged those... Read more

Pope Francis celebrates Mass in remembrance of Bishops and Cardinals who died during the past year on Nov. 4, 2013

Schedule of Pope's Advent, Christmas liturgies released

Dec 5, 2013

By Elise Harris

The Vatican has issued the calendar of all liturgical celebrations that Pope Francis is slated to preside over during the... Read more

A view of the Christmas tree in St. Peter's Square, Dec. 13, 2012.

Christmas is more than a 'temporal celebration,' Pope reflects

Dec 2, 2013

By Elise Harris

In his daily homily on the first Monday of Advent, Pope Francis reflected on the season of Christmas, explaining that... Read more

Pope Benedict XVI delivers his Nov. 14, 2012 general audience address in Paul VI Hall.

Jesus' birth should deepen trust in God, Pope teaches

Jan 2, 2013

The birth of Jesus causes joy because it gives us the certainty that God “works wonders in weakness,” Pope Benedict... Read more

Patriarch Fouad Twal of Jerusalem.

Jerusalem patriarch's Christmas message surveys Middle East situation

Dec 27, 2012

The Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem, Archbishop Fouad Twal, has issued a Christmas message that both laments the violence and refugee... Read more

Pope Benedict XVI. CNA file photo.

In Christmas message, Pope extends Christ's peace to the world

Dec 25, 2012

Pope Benedict outlined the power of faith and pointed to Christ coming in the flesh as the source of hope... Read more

Bishop James D. Conley prays with brother bishops at his installation as the ninth bishop of Lincoln, Neb.

Bishop Conley: Christmas shows God is with mankind

Dec 24, 2012

Bishop James D. Conley of Lincoln, Neb., says Christmas shows that God is truly with mankind despite the evils of... Read more