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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

KISI God's Singing Kids performs

Children's music group wishes world Merry Christmas

Dec 21, 2012

An Austria-based singing group of children and teens has made a music video wishing a merry Christmas to the world... Read more

A young Benedict XVI and a statue of Baby Jesus.

Pope's childhood letter to Baby Jesus shows his faith

Dec 21, 2012

By CNA Staff

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

Dec 21, 2012

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

Dec 20, 2012

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

Dec 19, 2012

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

Dec 18, 2012

By Carl Bunderson

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

Dec 18, 2012

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

Dec 14, 2012

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

Dec 14, 2012

By Michelle La Rosa

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

Dec 10, 2012

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