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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

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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.

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Reaching Out: 7 Steps to a Blessed Christmas

Sending singing carols, sending Christmas cards, giving gifts…It’s all tradition and fun, but perhaps this is a wonderful time to really reach out to those among us in most need in a special way. Glitter abounds, as each card that arrives is even more beautiful than the one before, and each has a wonderful message

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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