Joy around the world: Christmas traditions highlight the birth of Christ

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We humans are creatures of habit and delight in remembering the old days. Is it any surprise we have traditions, then?

Ten things that Pope Francis wants us to learn from the nativity scene

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Greccio, Italy (CNA) - In 2019, Pope Francis issued an apostolic letter on the meaning and importance of the Christmas nativity scene. He signed the document, Admirabile signum (“Enchanting image”), on Dec. 1 that year, at the Shrine of the Nativity in Greccio, a hilltown in the Italian region of Lazio.

A journey with St. Joseph: visiting the five parishes bearing his name in the Diocese of Fort Worth

St. Joseph in Nocona

To honor the 150th anniversary of the proclamation of St. Joseph as Patron of the Universal Church, Pope Francis declared a Year of St. Joseph “to increase our love for this great saint, to encourage us to implore his intercession, and to imitate his virtues and his zeal,” he wrote in his Apostolic Letter Patris Corde (With a Father’s Heart) on December 8, 2020.

Second chances: Vatican Christmas stamps feature work of homeless artist

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VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Adam Piekarski, a homeless man from Lódz, Poland, never imagined that the sketches he would draw in his free time while waiting for the public showers near Bernini's Colonnade would lead to the opportunity of a lifetime.

Local Catholics respond to abortion cases before Supreme Court

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The Texas Heartbeat Act, which bans most abortions after the fetal heartbeat is detected at six weeks, received a flurry of media attention when it was signed into law May 19, but it’s another piece of legislation that could upend the Supreme Court’s 1973 landmark Roe v. Wade decision legalizing abortion.