FAITH/STORIES

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

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.

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

December 20, 2018

'Everything changes' with Christ's birth, Pope Francis says

VATICAN – The Annunciation – the Angel Gabriel announcing to Mary that she will bear God's son -- was such a tremendous, history-changing event that preaching about it is extremely difficult, Pope Francis said.

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.

December 18, 2018

Ask for grace to seek truth in dreams, be silent like St. Joseph, Pope Francis says

VATICAN – While St. Joseph was a practical, down-to-earth man, he had enough faith to be open to God speaking through dreams, Pope Francis said at morning Mass.

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.
December 12, 2018

Mary raises up the abandoned, Pope Francis says at Mass

VATICAN – Just as she did hundreds of years ago from a small hill in Tepeyac, Mexico, Mary accompanies the downtrodden and the lowly like a mother caring for her children.

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

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VATICAN – Three members of Pope Francis' Council of Cardinals have officially ended their service as papal advisers on the reform of the Roman Curia.
December 11, 2018

Jesus gives us joy even in martyrdom, Pope Francis says

VATICAN – God sends his consolation to those in need of reassurance, even when they are facing death, Pope Francis said.

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.

Comment

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Bob Brehl: The redemption of Tiger amidst #MeToo

The excitement surrounding Tiger Woods’ historic win at the Masters golf tournament is undeniable, but it also raises some questions.

Faith

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Imitate God by being merciful to others, Pope says 

Read the latest homily given by Pope Francis. 

Features

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Jean Ko Din in Panama: WYD leaves behind a wealth of memories 

Read Jean Ko Din's latest blog post on World Youth Day 2019 in Panama.