In Christmas message, Pope extends Christ’s peace to the world

Vatican City, Dec 25, 2012 / 09:55 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Benedict outlined the power of faith and pointed to Christ coming in the flesh as the source of hope and peace for society in his annual “Urbi et Orbi,” or “The city and to the world” message.“God has done everything; he has done the impossible: he was made flesh,” the Pope emphasized. “His all-powerful love has accomplished something which surpasses all human understanding: the Infinite … [Read more...]

Bishop Conley: Christmas shows God is with mankind

Lincoln, Neb., Dec 24, 2012 / 04:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Bishop James D. Conley of Lincoln, Neb., says Christmas shows that God is truly with mankind despite the evils of the world, which means Christians must “find the miraculous amid the ordinary.” “Christmas declares that our world is not insignificant. Christmas declares that we are worth being loved. Christmas affirms that God walked among us in the person of Jesus Christ; that he loves us enough to become like us, to … [Read more...]

Children’s music group wishes world Merry Christmas

Vienna, Austria, Dec 21, 2012 / 12:00 pm (CNA).- An Austria-based singing group of children and teens has made a music video wishing a merry Christmas to the world as part of their mission to tell stories of faith through music.The group KISI - God’s Singing Kids has released the video “We sing merry, merry Christmas.” It shows the children and teens singing in cheerful settings and styles inspired by the classic movie “The Sound of Music.”They play in the … [Read more...]

CNA services to resume in 2013

Denver, Colo., Dec 21, 2012 / 08:05 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Beginning Dec. 21, Catholic News Agency will suspend its daily news service in celebration of Christmas and the New Year. It will resume Jan. 2, 2013. CNA will provide coverage of the Pope's Christmas homily and his New Year's address. Members of our staff will also be working during this time to improve our services for 2013. We sincerely thank all of our readers for their interest in our news site as well as our donors and … [Read more...]

Pope’s childhood letter to Baby Jesus shows his faith

Marktl am Inn, Germany, Dec 21, 2012 / 04:16 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A Christmas letter that Pope Benedict XVI wrote to Baby Jesus when he was seven years-old demonstrates his devotion to the Sacred Heart and his desire to be a priest.The letter is on display this Advent in the village of Marktl am Inn in Bavaria, where he was born."Dear Baby Jesus, quickly come down to earth. You will bring joy to children. Also bring me joy," he wrote in the 1934 letter, published on the … [Read more...]

Knights in Newtown organize nationwide prayer drive

Newtown, Conn., Dec 21, 2012 / 02:27 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Knights of Columbus at St. Rose of Lima parish in Newtown, Conn. have organized a prayer drive for the benefit of those affected by the town's recent tragedy.“There's a very important message, that the Rosary is a very powerful prayer, and one that can bring miracles. And we hope for that,” Council 185’s Grand Knight Tim Haas said in a Dec. 20 interview with EWTN News.“This is a special … [Read more...]

‘Holiday tree’ dispute wins governor annual Scrooge award

Washington D.C., Dec 21, 2012 / 12:05 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A law firm has given Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chaffee its 2012 “Ebenezer Award” for his insistence that the 17.5-foot fir tree in the local state house rotunda is a “holiday tree,” not a Christmas tree. The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, a non-partisan, interfaith group of attorneys, said the award is given to “the public figure responsible for the most ridiculous affront to Christmas and … [Read more...]


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