Live Christmas as revelation of Light, Bishop Gendron says

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

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.

Three Roman Curia advisers end service on Pope's Council of Cardinals

VATICAN – Three members of Pope Francis' Council of Cardinals have officially ended their service as papal advisers on the reform of the Roman Curia.

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

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

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

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.

God's Word on Sunday: God’s hand is evident everywhere

Second Sunday in Advent (Year C) Dec. 9 (Baruch 5:1-9; Psalm 126; Philippians 1:3-6, 8-11; Luke 3:1-6)


Sand and tree add to Christmas spirit at the Vatican

VATICAN – The annual unveiling of the Vatican’s Christmas tree and Nativity scene brought some much-needed warmth to people’s hearts as winter approached.

Questioning Faith: Rachel’s weeping brings a sign of peace

“A voice was heard in Ramah, weeping and great mourning, Rachel weeping for her children; and she refused to be comforted, because they were no more.” (Matthew 2:18, quoting Jeremiah 31:15)

Gay clergy must stay celibate or leave, Pope Francis says

VATICAN – In a book-length interview to be published next week, Pope Francis addressed gifts and challenges for clerical and religious vocations, among them the challenge of homosexuality in the clergy.

Do not fall into 'spiritual worldliness', clericalism, Pope Francis tells Jesuits

VATICAN – There is no growth without some form of crisis and no victory without a battle, Pope Francis told a group of Jesuits.