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Pope Francis delivers his Angelus address at the Vatican, Jan. 2, 2022. Screenshot from Vatican News YouTube channel.

God Wants to Live With Us and In Us: Pope Francis at Sunday Angelus

Jan 2, 2022

The pope was speaking at the Sunday Angelus.

Pope Francis gives his Christmas ‘Urbi et Orbi’ blessing Dec. 25, 2021. Vatican Media

Christmas Urbi et Orbi Blessing 2021: Pope Asks World Leaders to Be Open to Dialogue

Dec 25, 2021

He spoke from the central balcony overlooking a rainy St. Peter’s Square.

Pope Francis offers Mass for the Solemnity of the Nativity of the Lord. Vatican Media

"God comes into the world in littleness": Pope Francis in Christmas Homily

Dec 24, 2021

In his Christmas homily, Pope Francis asked Christians to contemplate that God did not choose to come into the world in grandeur, but as a humble child born into poverty.

Today, Friday, December 24, We Celebrate Vigil of Christmas

Dec 23, 2021

In the first ages, during the night before every feast, a vigil was kept. In the evening the faithful assembled in the place or church where the feast was to be celebrated and prepared themselves by prayers, readings from Holy Writ (now the Offices of Vespers and Matins), and sometimes also by hearing a sermon.

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Christmas Falls on a Saturday This Year. What Does That Mean for Mass Obligations? 

Dec 21, 2021

This weekend, Latin rite Catholics have an obligation to attend Mass on both Christmas Day, Saturday, Dec. 25, and on the following day, Sunday, Dec. 26. 

Christmas in Ouagadougou. Credit: Aid to the Church in Need (ACN)

Christian Refugees in Burkina Faso Nostalgic about Christmas before Terrorist Attacks

Dec 18, 2021

Displaced Christians in Burkina Faso are remembering with nostalgia how joyfully they celebrated Christmas before militants uprooted them from their homes, forcing them to seek refuge elsewhere.

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Let Christmas Sprit Inspire “political, social, religious peace”: Archbishop in Nigeria

Dec 7, 2021

The Archbishop of Abuja in Nigeria has called upon the people of God in the West African country that is battling insecurity issues to be inspired by the spirit of Christmas to embrace peace.

Pope Francis gives his Christmas ‘Urbi et Orbi’ blessing Dec. 25, 2020. Credit: Vatican Media.

Pope Francis Calls for "vaccines for all" as He Gives Christmas Urbi et Orbi Blessing

Dec 26, 2020

Giving his traditional Christmas “Urbi et Orbi” blessing Friday, Pope Francis called for coronavirus vaccines to be made available to the world’s neediest people. 

Pope Francis at his general audience address in the library of the Apostolic Palace Dec. 16, 2020. Credit: Vatican Media.

Christmas “feast of love incarnate, born for us in Jesus Christ”: Pope Francis

Dec 23, 2020

Pope Francis said Wednesday that Christmas brings joy and strength that can remove the pessimism that has spread in human hearts as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

Pope Francis, seen through the Vatican’s Christmas tree, delivers an Angelus address. Credit: Daniel Ibáñez/CNA.

‘Consumerism has stolen Christmas’ : Pope Francis

Dec 20, 2020

Pope Francis advised Catholics Sunday not to waste time complaining about coronavirus restrictions, but to focus instead on helping those in need.

Cardinal Robert Sarah, prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship, in Rome on Nov. 25, 2014. Credit: Paul Badde.

Vatican Permits Priests to Say up to four Masses on Christmas Day

Dec 17, 2020

The Vatican’s liturgy congregation will permit priests to say up to four Masses on Christmas Day, the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God on Jan. 1, and Epiphany to accommodate more worshippers amid the pandemic.

Archbishop Stephen Brislin of South Africa’s Cape town Archdiocese. / Facebook Page Archdiocese of Cape Town.

On South Africa’s Reconciliation Day, Archbishop Urges Christians to Walk the Talk

Dec 16, 2020

On the occasion of the annual Day of Reconciliation in South Africa, an Archbishop has called on the people of God within his pastoral jurisdiction to walk the talk, matching their behavior with their Christian beliefs.  

Maurice Cardinal Piat, Bishop of Mauritius' Port-Louis Diocese.

Cardinal Recognizes Mauritians’ Solidarity, Prays for “a more sober, fraternal Christmas”

Nov 8, 2020

The head of the Catholic Church in Mauritius has acknowledged with appreciation the solidarity of the people of God in the Indian Ocean Island nation amid COVID-19 challenges, expressing the desire for a “sober and fraternal Christmas” later this year.

Pope Francis gives the Angelus address during Advent 2016. Credit: Daniel Ibanez/CNA.

St. Stephen's martyrdom shows 'true meaning of Christmas,' Pope Francis says

Dec 27, 2019

The death of St. Stephen, the Church’s first martyr, teaches Catholics to renew their commitment to charity and self-gift, part of the meaning of Christmas, Pope Francis said Thursday.

Pope Francis gives the Urbi et Orbi blessing from the center loggia of St. Peter’s Basilica Dec. 25, 2019. Credit: Daniel Ibanez/CNA.

Pope Francis on Christmas: Christ's light is greater than the darkness of world's conflicts

Dec 26, 2019

On Christmas, Pope Francis prayed for Christ to bring light to the instability in Iraq, Lebanon, Venezuela, Yemen, Ukraine, Burkina Faso, and other parts of the world experiencing conflict.

Pope Francis uncovers the Child Jesus in St. Peter's Basilica Dec. 24, 2019. Credit: Daniel Ibanez/CNA.

Sinner or Saint – God Loves you, Pope Francis Says on Christmas Eve

Dec 24, 2019

A person’s weakness and sin does not change Christ’s love for them, and Catholics should strive to treat others the same way, serving anyone and not only those they consider worthy, Pope Francis said on Christmas Eve.

Pope Francis in the Pope Paul VI hall Dec. 21, 2019. Credit: Vatican Media.

Pope Francis: This Christmas, Imitate St. Joseph's Trust in God

Dec 22, 2019

In a difficult situation, St. Joseph put his whole trust in God and was obedient, an example for all Catholics to imitate, Pope Francis said during the Angelus Sunday.

Pope Francis incenses the nativity scene in St. Peter's Basilica Dec. 24, 2017. Credit: Vatican Media.

Pope Francis: Nativity Scenes Show a 'domestic Gospel'

Dec 18, 2019

Pope Francis Wednesday called Christmas nativity scenes a “domestic Gospel,” which helps to make the Holy Family present in one’s home.

The Metropolitan Archbishop of Accra, John Bonaventure Kwofie, convener of "Conversations in the Cathedral", a forum bringing together secular and religious leaders to discuss issues of common concern in Ghana

Celebrate Christmas by Encountering “abandoned, marginalized, forgotten”: Ghanaian Prelate

Dec 14, 2019

During the December 11 maiden forum of discussion bringing together religious and secular leaders in Ghana termed “Conversations in the Cathedral,” the Metropolitan Archbishop of Accra, John Bonaventure Kwofie used the opportunity of the Advent Season to invite Christians in the West African nation to be mindful of the needy in society.