Holy Family of Jesus, Mary, and Joseph, Dec. 30 (Year C) 1 Samuel 1:20-22, 24-28; Psalm 84; 1 John 3:1-2, 21-24; Luke 2:41-52


Urbi et Orbi: Incarnation of Christ tells us that salvation comes through love, acceptance, Pope says

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VATICAN – Delivering his formal Christmas message and blessing, Pope Francis prayed for a world where all people would recognize that they are brothers and sisters and would work for justice and for peace.

God's Word on Sunday: God only asks for our obedience and trust

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Fourth Sunday of Advent, Dec. 23 (Year C) Micah 5:2-5a; Psalm 80; Hebrews 10:5-10; Luke 1:39-45

Jesus is the greatest Christmas gift, Pope Francis says

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VATICAN – This Christmas will people go to adore and be amazed by Jesus, or will they let themselves be detoured by distractions? Pope Francis asked.

Simbang Gabi adds Filipino flare to feast

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In December 2011 Fr. John Sullivan discovered what Christmas means in the Philippines.

Christmas is not just a cozy holiday but a chance to turn tables, Pope Francis says

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VATICAN – Christmas will not be authentic if people get caught up in a frenzy of shopping, presents and meals, all while ignoring the poor and forgetting who the celebration is really all about, Pope Francis said.

Live Christmas as revelation of Light, Bishop Gendron says

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The following is the Christmas message released by Bishop Lionel Gendron, Bishop of Saint-Jean-Longueuil and president of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops.

A true Christmas celebrates Baby Jesus, who is tender, humble, Pope Francis says

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VATICAN – With Christmas just over a week away, visitors came to St. Peter's Square with their Baby Jesus figurines for a traditional blessing by the Pope.

Let's think of our own conversion to sow peace this Advent, Pope Francis says

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VATICAN – Advent is a time for people to think about what they can change about themselves so that they can sow the seeds of peace, justice and fraternity in their daily lives, Pope Francis said.

Algerian martyrs bear witness to Christian-Muslim peace, Pope Francis says

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VATICAN – The lives of 19 religious men and women martyred during the Algerian civil war are a testament to God's plan of love and peaceful coexistence between Christians and Muslims, Pope Francis said.

On the Feast of Immaculate Conception, Pope Francis asks Mary's care of refugees

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ROME – In the heart of Rome, near streets of fancy shops already blinged out for Christmas shopping, Pope Francis prayed for Romans struggling to survive and for families in the city and around the world who face the same lack of welcome that Mary and Joseph experienced.