The following is the Christmas message from Archbishop Richard Gagnon, president of Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops and Archbishop of Winnipeg:

‘Christmas Star’ arrives at solstice

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CLEVELAND -- A once-every-two-decade conjunction involving the solar system’s two gas giants will give earthbound observers a look at a so-called “Christmas Star” on the winter solstice.

No limit to giving for Thomas Shura

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A spruce tree donated by a retired Catholic teacher is helping to make Christmas in Kenora in northern Ontario a little merrier.

Jerusalem Santa brings ‘energy of love’

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JERUSALEM -- Walk down St. Peter Street from the Old City’s New Gate, past some shuttered shops and the closed Knight’s Palace hotel, continue down through the winding stone-paved alleyway of the Christian Quarter and soon you will hit “Santa Lane.”

Pandemic can’t dampen Christmas spirit

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In a year that has been anything but normal, the Christmas spirit is still alive and well at Ontario Catholic schools.

Marymount students share Christmas wishes with troops

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The students from Sudbury, Ont.’s Marymount Academy have let Canadian military serving overseas that they aren’t forgotten this Christmas season.

Home for Christmas: A story of pain, family and power of faith

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By Christmas Eve the Advent wreath is aglow with the candles of love, hope, joy and peace, and we await the lighting of the White Candle which signifies the coming of Jesus into our world and into our lives. We pray again that this presence will become a reality which we can sense and touch, but for many it becomes an elusive dream that vanishes when they awaken from their restless sleep.

Surviving the season of loneliness

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Already vulnerable and alone, many homeless and at risk youth are finding themselves dealing with more than the coronavirus and its restrictions this Christmas. To them, loneliness is another pandemic.

Best of the season: Christmas movies to capture the spirit

By Sr. Helena Burns, FSP

Isn’t it fascinating how, back in spring 2020, at the beginning of the coronavirus crisis, the first impulse for comfort and familiarity was an urge to watch Christmas shows? The goodwill and good feels of Christmastime pageantry is powerful medicine.

Canadian’s art stands in for Brooklyn’s Nativity

By Quinton Amundson, The Catholic Register

A diocese of immigrants will be using Canadian sculptor Timothy Schmalz’s acclaimed Angels Unawares as its Nativity this year.

COVID-19 ornaments prove to be top sellers

By Wendy-Ann Clarke, The Catholic Register

COVID-19 Christmas ornaments are flying off the shelves in Ottawa this holiday season.