Pope Francis to Vatican employees: Christmas a time to heal

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(Vatican Radio) To care for their families, their spiritual and personal lives, their work, and to care for others: that’s what Pope Francis urged Vatican employees in Christmas greetings Monday. In an audience in the Paul VI hall inside the Vatican, Pope Francis said he did not wish to let his second Christmas in Rome […]

A Christmas message from Aleppo’s bishop: hope for joy, peace

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Aleppo, Syria, Dec 22, 2014 / 06:01 am (CNA/EWTN News).- As Christmas approaches, the Melkite Catholic bishop of Aleppo has written a letter to his diocese looking forward to the feast of hope, urging his people to practice charity to the less fortunate, much like in diocese around the world. But Archbishop Jean-Clement Jeanbart’s letter […]

Pope Francis: Christmas greetings to Curia

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(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis received the heads and other senior officials of the departments of the Roman Curia on Monday, in their traditional exchange of Christmas greetings. In remarks prepared for the occasion and delivered Monday morning, the Holy Father focused on the need for those who serve in the curia – especially those in […]

Cardinal Tauran Named New Camerlengo

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By Deborah Castellano Lubov Pope Francis has appointed Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran and Archbishop Giampiero Gloder as the Roman Catholic Church’s Camerlengo and Vice-Camerlengo, respectively. The Vatican announced the appointments Saturday. While Cardinal Tauran serves as president of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue, Msg… Read More: Zenit

Papuan bishop makes emergency appeal amid severe food shortage

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Alotau, Papua New Guinea, Dec 21, 2014 / 01:30 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A Catholic bishop of Alotau, Papua New Guinea, has launched an appeal during a severe food shortage following a cyclone engulfing the Catholic diocese. The Papua New Guinean islands located in the deep South Pacific region north of Australia are a hub for […]

UK youth create Advent video calendar

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London, England, Dec 21, 2014 / 01:00 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- This Advent, young Catholics in the UK are using video media to challenge their peers to “engage in the life and rhythm of the Church” and seek a deeper relationship with Christ. Made for Glory, a by-the-youth, for-the-youth faith initiative in the UK, has been […]

Pope Francis: Christ Is Knocking at Our Door; We’re Too Busy to Notice

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By ZENIT Pope Francis today assured that Christ is coming into our lives this Christmas and is asking for a response like Mary’s, but warned that we might be too busy to pay attention. The Pope made this reflection today during his address before praying the midday Angelus with those gathered in St. Peter’s Square. […]

Pope’s Angelus Address: On Christ’s Call to Our Hearts

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By ZENIT Here is a translation of the address Pope Francis gave today before and after praying the midday Angelus with those gathered in St. Peter’s Square. * * * Dear brothers and sisters, good morning! Today, the fourth and last Sunday of Advent, the liturgy wants to prepare us for Christmas, which is “already […]

Unique Nativity Scenes on Display in Rome (Video)

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By ZENIT From the bizarre to the original: Unique Nativity Scenes on display in Rome Some are made out of pasta. Others out of crystal. To see the video, click here: http://www.romereports.com/pg159586-from-the-bizarre-to-the-original-unique-nativity-scenes-on-display-in-rome-en Read More: Zenit