- Aug 4, 2021
“Continue being ‘smugglers’ of the faith,” Pope Francis told thousands of Filipino migrants living and working in Italy.
Pope Francis blessed hundreds of figurines of the baby Jesus — ranging from tiny plastic figures to life-sized statues — and encouraged children to make sure they have Nativity scenes at home.
Like the other saints, St. Lucy joins with medical science, in caring for and healing the bodies and souls of God’s children.
An annual Advent campaign in Mumbai is focused on children this year, with a special emphasis on protecting their rights.
The precise origins of the Blue Christmas tradition are murky at best, but sporadic reports of Blue Christmas gatherings of varying styles and sizes suggest that Christians have been holding them since at least the mid-1990s.
Advent is the season of waiting and anticipating the coming light.
Saying Mass for the Congolese community of Rome Sunday, Pope Francis urged peace in the violence-plagued country while denouncing those who enrich themselves through the arms trade. He also described consumerism as “a virus that attacks the faith at the roots.”
In this Advent season, the Church encourages us to see the sacraments as gifts given by the Lord Jesus as the chief means by which we can draw closer to him.