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The meanings and traditions of Advent

Nov 29, 2021

By Francesca Pollio

Advent is a time of preparation. We prepare our hearts for the coming of Christ, and welcome his presence into... Read more

Advent wreath

Everything you need to know about the Advent wreath

Nov 27, 2021

By Francesca Pollio

Advent wreaths are traditionally made from evergreen branches and have four candles. The four candles represent the four weeks of... Read more

Advent calendar

The best Catholic Advent calendars for 2021

Nov 17, 2021

By Francesca Pollio

Here’s a list of our favorite Advent calendars to bring the Nativity story to your family, and hopefully create cherished... Read more

Advent candles.

What is Advent, anyway?

Nov 8, 2021

By CNA Staff

Here are a few points that might help you have a great Advent this year. Read more

Giotto’s Nativity is projected on the facade of the Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi.

Assisi in Advent: illuminated frescoes and a nurse in a nativity scene

Dec 9, 2020

By Courtney Mares

Assisi unveiled a nativity scene Tuesday made of 50 figurines of shepherds, angels, and barn animals with a new addition... Read more

Sign over death row.

End executions for Advent, Catholic bishops tell Trump

Dec 7, 2020

Leading U.S. bishops are imploring the Trump administration to stop scheduled federal executions during the season of Advent.  Read more

Pope Francis delivers an Angelus address overlooking St. Peter’s Square.

Pope Francis: Ask God for the gift of conversion in Advent

Dec 6, 2020

We should ask God for the gift of conversion this Advent, Pope Francis said in his Angelus address Sunday.  Read more

Pope Francis offers Mass in St. Peter's Basilica Dec. 1, 2019.

Pope Francis: 'Advent is the season for remembering the closeness of God'

Nov 29, 2020

By Courtney Mares

On the first Sunday of Advent, Pope Francis recommended a traditional Advent prayer to invite God to draw close during... Read more

Advent at Home: How Catholics are preparing for a season of joy - even in 2020 

Nov 28, 2020

By Mary Farrow

Wry jokes and memes about the decided awfulness of the year 2020 - with the pandemic, ensuing lockdowns and economic... Read more

Pope Francis celebrates Gaudete Sunday Mass with Rome's Filipino community Dec. 15, 2019.

Pope Francis celebrates a Filipino Christmas tradition at the Vatican

Dec 15, 2019

By Courtney Mares

On Gaudete Sunday, Pope Francis celebrated a Filipino Christmas tradition in St. Peter’s Basilica -- the Simbang Gabi Christmas novena.  Read more

Christmas tree in St. Peter's Square on December 9, 2016.

Pope Francis: Advent is a time of conversion

Dec 15, 2019

By Courtney Mares

As Pope Francis blessed children's nativity scene figurines Sunday, the pope said that the Advent season is a time of... Read more

Archbishop Joseph Augustine Di Noia, OP.

'The key is not to fight, but just to bear witness': How to preach Advent

Dec 5, 2019

By Christine Rousselle

The season of Advent roots us in the true mission of the Church, Archbishop Joseph Augustine Di Noia, O.P., adjunct secretary... Read more

Pope Francis celebrates Mass in St. Peter's Basilica Dec. 1, 2019.

Advent advice from Pope Francis: Choose prayer and charity over consumerism 

Dec 1, 2019

By Courtney Mares

This Advent, choose prayer and charity over consumerism, Pope Francis said Sunday in his first Mass of the liturgical year.  Read more

Norbertine Fathers in California launch digital Advent calendar

Dec 1, 2019

A religious order in southern California is kicking off Advent with a digital calendar that allows Catholics to go more... Read more

Pope Francis celebrates Christmas Mass in St. Peter's Basilica Dec. 24, 2018.

Pope's letter on nativity scenes shares the story behind a beloved Christmas tradition

Dec 1, 2019

By Courtney Mares

Pope Francis issued an apostolic letter Dec. 1 on the meaning and importance of nativity scenes, calling for this “wonderful... Read more

Pope Francis at a Wednesday general audience in Paul VI hall on Dec. 20, 2017.

Faith is not ‘decorative,’ Pope Francis says

Dec 12, 2018

By Courtney Mares

Pope Francis gave an Advent reminder Wednesday that faith should not be just a “decorative” addition to daily life by... Read more

Pope Francis makes the Sign of the Cross April 18, 2018.

Pope Francis: Advent demands conversion, recognizing our mistakes

Dec 9, 2018

By Courtney Mares

“To prepare the way for the Lord who comes, it is necessary to take into account the demands of conversion,”... Read more

Mary holding Jesus.

On feast of the Immaculate Conception, Pope Francis points to Mary’s trust in God

Dec 8, 2018

By Courtney Mares

On the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception, Pope Francis encouraged Catholics to imitate Mary’s deep trust and openness to God... Read more

Metropolitan Cathedral of Mexico City. Photo: David Ramos/CNA

Advent confessions 'marathon' to be held at Mexico City cathedral

Dec 6, 2018

The Metropolitan Cathedral of Mexico City will host on Dec. 7 a “Day of Forgiveness,” in which for 10 consecutive... Read more

Advent wreath.

What does it really mean to observe Advent?

Dec 5, 2018

By Hillary Mast

With the first Sunday of Advent behind us, the liturgical season of preparing for Christmas is well underway. Read more