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Georg (L) and Joseph Ratzinger during their first Mass processional in Traunstein, Germany in 1951. Photo courtesy of Ignatius Press.

Pope's childhood letter to Baby Jesus shows his faith

A Christmas letter that Pope Benedict XVI wrote to Baby Jesus when he was seven years-old demonstrates his devotion to... Read more

Gov. Lincoln D. Chaffee.

'Holiday tree' dispute wins governor annual Scrooge award

A law firm has given Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chaffee its 2012 “Ebenezer Award” for his insistence that the 17.5-foot... Read more

Pope Benedict XVI signs his second encyclical "Spe Salvi."

In rare article, Pope asks Christians to reassess priorities at Christmas

The Dec. 20 edition of the Financial Times featured a rare article by Pope Benedict XVI in which he advises... Read more

Pope Benedict XVI gives the final blessing at the Nov. 14, 2012 general audience in Paul VI Hall.

Pope says faith includes trust in dark moments

Pope Benedict XVI continued his series of reflections on faith this Wednesday, saying that at times it includes an element... Read more

The Nativity display in Warren, Mich. after it was installed by John Satawa on Dec. 15, 2012.

Long-time Michigan roadside nativity resurrected

A 67-year-old tradition of placing a nativity scene on a public median in Warren, Mich. has been re-established after a... Read more

Bethlehem Church of the Nativity grotto.

Amid struggle, Palestinian Christians look ahead to Christmas

Armed conflicts and a decline in tourists and pilgrims from overseas will cause difficulties for Palestinian Christians, but they will... Read more

A view of the Christmas tree after it was lit on Dec. 14, 2012 in St. Peter's Square.

Small town's Christmas tree brings splendor to Vatican

A young boy named Mario had the honor of lighting a majestic Christmas tree in St. Peter's Square on the... Read more

Bishop Giuseppe Sciacca at a Dec. 13, 2012 press conference about the Vatican's Nativity scene.

Vatican Nativity scene will reflect southern Italy cave setting

This Christmas season visitors to St. Peter’s Square will get a chance to see a Nativity scene that is set... Read more

Maximiliano Tresoldi with his mother and father.

Mother recalls son waking from coma as best Christmas gift

After spending ten years in a comatose state, a young Italian man named Maximiliano Tresoldi woke up on Christmas of... Read more

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After decades-long ban, Christmas holds new meaning for Cuba

Local Catholics say that the reinstatement of Christmas as a national holiday in 1997 after decades of being outlawed has... Read more

DC campaign points to Jesus as perfect Christmas gift

A successful Advent initiative in Washington, D.C., is urging people to use the true meaning of the Christmas season to... Read more

Construction begins on a new nativity set in St. Peter's Square.

Vatican nativity set might include animals not at Jesus' birth

The Vatican has started construction on its annual nativity set in St. Peter's Square, and the display is expected to... Read more