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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

A child lights a candle at Christmas Mass.

Commentary: Advent is the remedy to our spiritual crisis

Dec 2, 2018

By JD Flynn

“Insincerity was an evil which sprang up within the Church from the first,” wrote Blessed John Henry Newman in 1839.... Read more

Pope Francis lights a candle for Syria during the Angelus Dec. 2, 2018.

Pope Francis lights candle for children in Syria

Dec 2, 2018

By Hannah Brockhaus

Pope Francis Sunday lit a candle, a symbol of hope, to pray for the children affected by violence and war... Read more

Pope Francis in the Paul VI Hall Dec. 6, 2017.

Pope Francis: Advent is a time of joy-filled waiting

Dec 1, 2018

By Hannah Brockhaus

As the Advent season begins, it is a good time to reflect on the Christian call to joyful expectancy, finding... Read more

Pope Francis prays the Angelus with pilgrims in St. Peter's Square Dec. 8, 2017.

Mary is a perfect example of how to respond to God's plan, Pope says

Dec 24, 2017

By Elise Harris

With Christmas just a day away, Pope Francis said Mary's humble and modest response at the announcement of Jesus' birth... Read more

Pope Francis laughing outside of St. Peter's Basilica during the general audience on April 1, 2015.

Pope Francis' three Christmas ingredients: joy, prayer, gratitude

Dec 17, 2017

With Christmas just eight days away, Pope Francis said three simple attitudes can help prepare us to welcome Jesus Christ.  Read more

Metro ad. Courtesy of the Archdiocese of Washington.

Court rejects Washington archdiocese's Advent metro ad

Dec 11, 2017

By Adelaide Mena

A federal court has denied relief to the Archdiocese of Washington, in its request for an injunction that would have... Read more

Pope Francis gives the Angelus address on Dec. 8, 2017.

In Advent, prepare your heart like your hearth, Pope says

Dec 10, 2017

By Hannah Brockhaus

During Advent, we should prepare our hearts for the coming of Jesus like we joyfully prepare our homes for a... Read more

Pope Francis recites the Angelus with pilgrims in St. Peter's Square Nov. 19, 2017.

Advent is a time to prioritize God, overcome indifference, Pope says

Dec 3, 2017

By Elise Harris

On Sunday Pope Francis kicked off the Church's Advent season saying it is a time to let go of the... Read more

Go to Mass on Sunday and on Christmas, bishops say

Dec 1, 2017

By Mary Farrow

In a newsletter issued earlier this year, the U.S. Catholic bishops addressed questions regarding whether Sunday and Holy Day Mass... Read more

Pittsburgh priest rescinds dispensation from Advent Mass obligation

Dec 1, 2017

By Mary Farrow

A parish priest in the Diocese of Pittsburgh has rescinded a dispensation he claimed would excuse his parishioners from the... Read more

An Irish virtual calendar for an authentic Advent

Nov 28, 2017

By Perry West

Archbishop Eamon Martin of Armagh, Northern Ireland, and Primate of All Ireland, has launched a 2017 virtual Advent calendar, saying... Read more

Unveiling of the Nativity scene in St. Peter's Square, Dec. 9, 2016.

Sistine Chapel Choir releases new album for Advent, Christmas

Oct 24, 2017

By Elise Harris

For the third year in a row, the Sistine Chapel Choir has released a new CD, which this year is... Read more