Do you know the history of Christmas Crib? Find out here

The Christmas Crib (crèche) dates back to St. Francis of Assisi (Feast October 4). It was in 1293 that the first crèche was celebrated in the woods of Greccio near Assisi, on Christmas Eve. There lived in that town a man by the name of John (Messier Giovanni Velitta); a very holy man who stood… Continue reading Do you know the history of Christmas Crib? Find out here

The Story behind “Silent Night” – The famous Christmas carol song

What is the story behind “Silent Night”?   The true story and origin of “Silent Night” began in the city of Salzburg, Austria of a young orphan weaver, Anna. She had no family and lived alone; the trade of weaving was all she was ever good at and well known for. Anna one day met… Continue reading The Story behind “Silent Night” – The famous Christmas carol song

Almost 900 churches across the world to celebrate Mass in honour of Archbishop Fulton Sheen

Catholics in New Jersey want Archbishop Sheen’s birthday to be celebrated around the world Almost 900 churches across the world have pledged to celebrate Masses to mark the birthday of the late Archbishop Fulton Sheen. A grassroots effort calling on Catholic churches around the world to celebrate a special Mass on May 8 could see… Continue reading Almost 900 churches across the world to celebrate Mass in honour of Archbishop Fulton Sheen

The Church at Christmas: The Light of Truth Shines In The Darkness

“Christ is the light of humanity; and it is, accordingly, the heart-felt desire of this sacred Council, being gathered together in the Holy Spirit, that, by proclaiming his Gospel to every creature, it may bring to all men that light of Christ which shines out visibly from the Church”–Vatican II, Lumen Gentium 1 Man bears within… Continue reading The Church at Christmas: The Light of Truth Shines In The Darkness

Pope Francis grants freedom to monsignor jailed over leaks

Mgr Vallejo was found guilty of passing confidential documents to journalists Pope Francis on Tuesday freed a Vatican monsignor convicted of leaking confidential documents to journalists, granting him a Christmas-time clemency. Francis granted “conditional freedom” to Spanish Monsignor Lucio Vallejo Balda after he served half of his 18-month sentence, the Vatican said late on Tuesday.… Continue reading Pope Francis grants freedom to monsignor jailed over leaks

Pope Francis makes special request this Christmas

On Sunday Pope Francis said that with Christmas just around the corner, it’s important to stop and make time for silent reflection on the true meaning of the holiday,  specifically on figures in the Nativity. “Next Sunday will be Christmas. This week let us try to find a moment to pause, to have a bit… Continue reading Pope Francis makes special request this Christmas

The Twelve Days of Christmas

The question of the origins of the popular Christmas carol “The Twelve Days of Christmas” has long divided carolers and carol critics alike. The waning mainline opinion is that it is merely a colorful but nonsensical ditty flung together by some anonymous Victorian nursery-rhymer. A minority of addled Fundamentalists imagine its verses to represent certain Christian… Continue reading The Twelve Days of Christmas

5 Ways to keep Jesus in your Christmas celebrations this year

Christmas is a magical time of year when decorations line the streets, children are suddenly behaving and the Post Office struggles to keep up as thousands of gifts move through the mail – but beneath the shiny, flashing winter festivities, Christ quietly calls out to us – Will you respond? Christmas is not only a time to… Continue reading 5 Ways to keep Jesus in your Christmas celebrations this year

Adorable video shows children hilariously explain the story of Christmas

The Southland Christian Church used adults to recreate children’s versions of the reason for the season. The hilarious film was posted to YouTube Christmas Eve last year. The three-minute short features adults lip-syncing to children’s’ voices as the kids explain what Christmas is all about. Keeping in character, the actors and actresses use the appropriate… Continue reading Adorable video shows children hilariously explain the story of Christmas

That time when St. Pope John Paul II changed Fidel Castro's mind about Christmas

After Fidel Castro gained power in Cuba in 1959, he spent the next decade slowly imposing socialism on the country, including state atheism. In 1960, several Cuban Catholic bishops signed a letter re-affirming the Church’s long-standing rejection of communism and called for Catholics to reject it. In response, his government confiscated Catholic property and arrested… Continue reading That time when St. Pope John Paul II changed Fidel Castro's mind about Christmas

What should I do about my sister's refusal to celebrate birthdays and holidays?

Full Question My sister refuses to celebrate holidays and birthdays, saying the Lord told her not to do so. This has hurt our parents, who she refuses to call on special days because she thinks those days are for the worship of individuals instead of God. How do I respond? Answer Although we cannot presume… Continue reading What should I do about my sister's refusal to celebrate birthdays and holidays?

The Archbishop of Sydney reportedly responding to treatment after severe illness

The Archbishop of Sydney, Most Reverend Anthony Fisher OP, aged 55 who felt ill before Christmas has been reported to be responding miraculously to his treatment. He was diagnosed with a severe condition of the nervous system. The Guillain-Barré syndrome (a condition in which the body’s immune system attacks the nervous system, usually caused by a viral or… Continue reading The Archbishop of Sydney reportedly responding to treatment after severe illness

Full Text: Pope Francis' Sunday Angelus Address for the New year

Dear brothers and sisters, happy Sunday! The liturgy of today, the second Sunday after Christmas, presents to us the Prologue of the Gospel of Saint John, in which is proclaimed that “the Word” – that is, the creative Word of God – “was made flesh, and dwelt among us” (Jn 1:14). That Word, which dwells… Continue reading Full Text: Pope Francis' Sunday Angelus Address for the New year

Full text of the Holy Father’s Christmas message

Dear brothers and sisters, Happy Christmas! Christ is born for us, let us rejoice in the day of our salvation! Let us open our hearts to receive the grace of this day, which is Christ himself. Jesus is the radiant “day” which has dawned on the horizon of humanity. A day of mercy, in which… Continue reading Full text of the Holy Father’s Christmas message

Vatican Releases her New Christmas Stamp

The Vatican has revealed her Christmas Stamp which showcases a 15th century manuscript illumination of the Holy Family. The Image originated from Codices Urbinates Latini 239 (1477-1478) from the Vatican Library, of an unknown artist. In November 19th the stamp was placed on sale in two denominations of 80 euro cents and 95 euro cents in sheets of… Continue reading Vatican Releases her New Christmas Stamp