Bishops’ Picks: The Best Christmas Movies

Movie - Bells of St Marys

The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops is obviously full of the Christmas spirit!  They've issued a list of their top 20 movies for the Christmas season.  (Never mind that the "Top 20" List only names 19 movies!   Oops!)The following movies have been evaluated by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops according to artistic merit and moral suitability. The reviews include the USCCB rating, the Motion Picture Association of America rating, and a brief synopsis of the movie.Browse your TV … [Read more...]

We Believe: Pew Study Finds Faith in America

Winter church

Nine of every ten Americans celebrate Christmas, and three-quarters of Americans say they believe in the virgin birth of Jesus.According to a new telephone study conducted December 3-8, 2013 by the Pew Forum’s Religion and Public Life Project, virtually all Christians (96%) celebrate Christmas, and 80% of non-Christians also celebrate the holiday—although for non-Christians, it’s more of a secular feast.A couple of findings in the study really stuck out for me: Family and Friends Matter … [Read more...]

Pope Francis’ Christmas Gift to Rome’s Poor: Phone Cards and Metro Tickets

Missionary Sisters of Charity welcome pilgrims and the needy to one of their helping centers

Pope Francis has been making a list and checking it twice. On his first Christmas as Pope, the Holy Father is giving 2,000 prepaid telephone cards and 4,000 day tickets for the Metro, Rome’s underground rail system, to Rome’s poorest and most marginalized citizens.Archbishop Konrad Krajewski, Almoner of His Holiness, will deliver 2,000 envelopes to locations and shelters in Rome where aid is offered by the Sisters of Mother Teresa of Calcutta and by volunteers.  The Sisters and volun … [Read more...]