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Urbi et Orbi Message of Pope Francis: Jesus is the Salvation for Every Person and Every People

Urbi et Orbi Message of Pope Francis: Jesus is the Salvation for Every Person and Every People Watch

Europe

By Pope Francis

Dear brothers and sisters, may the Holy Spirit today enlighten our hearts, that we may recognize in the Infant Jesus, born in Bethlehem of the ...

Homily of Pope Francis on Christmas Eve: The World Needs the Tenderness of God

Homily of Pope Francis on Christmas Eve: The World Needs the Tenderness of God Watch

Europe

By Pope Francis

The "sign" is the humility of God taken to the extreme; it is the love with which, that night, he assumed our frailty, our suffering, our ...

Father Peter M. J. Stravinskas on Christmas: In the Fullness of Time a Savior Has Come

Father Peter M. J. Stravinskas on Christmas: In the Fullness of Time a Savior Has Come Watch

Christmas / Advent

By Father Peter M. J. Stravinskas, Ph.D., S.T.D.

Permit me to make a suggestion.  Give yourself a Christmas gift this year - the gift of spiritual homelessness, so that God can give you a ...

Love is Born on Christmas Morn and the World is Born Again

Love is Born on Christmas Morn and the World is Born Again Watch

Christmas / Advent

By Deacon Keith Fournier

On the wonderful day called Christ-Mass, the world pauses at a manger. The great event of the Nativity of the Lord touches every man, woman and ...

Pope Francis 2014 Christmas Eve Homily

Pope Francis 2014 Christmas Eve Homily

Living Faith

The Vatican's official English-language translation of Pope Francis' prepared homily, to be delivered in Italian, during Christmas Eve Mass on ...

Pope Francis declares solidarity with Middle East Christians, pledges support of entire Church

Pope Francis declares solidarity with Middle East Christians, pledges support of entire Church Watch

Living Faith

Pope Francis has sent a message of support to the beleaguered Christians of the Middle East, telling them they have the support of the entire Church. ...

Daily Readings for Thursday, December 25, 2014

Daily Readings

By New Jerusalem Bible

Reading 1: Joel 62:11-12, Responsorial Psalm: Isaiah 97:11-12, Responsorial Psalm: Isaiah 97:6, Responsorial Psalm: Isaiah 97:1, Gospel: Ephesians ...

St. Eugenia: Saint of the Day for Thursday, December 25, 2014

St. Eugenia: Saint of the Day for Thursday, December 25, 2014

Saints

There definitely was a Roman martyr named Eugenia but the rest of her story is a romantic fictitious legend. According to it she was the daughter of ...

Christmas Prayer: Prayer of the Day for Thursday, December 25, 2014

Prayers

Lord God, we praise you for creating man, and still more for restoring him in Christ. Your Son shared our weakness; may we share his glory, for he ...

'A day late and a dollar short': Sheriff David Clarke fiercely rejects remorseful statements from Obama in the wake of murdered police official

'A day late and a dollar short': Sheriff David Clarke fiercely rejects remorseful statements from Obama in the wake of murdered police official Watch

Politics & Policy

By Abigail James (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

"When the president of the United States speaks, when the attorney general speaks, everybody listens," exclaimed Milwaukee County Sheriff David ...

Osama bin Laden's killer is under investigation for leaking classified documents

Osama bin Laden's killer is under investigation for leaking classified documents Watch

U.S.

By Matt Waterson (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Robert O'Neill, the former U.S. Navy SEAL who shot and killed Osama bin Laden, is being investigated for leaking classified government secrets, ...

In a bid to 'get rid of gasoline' Toyota makes history with first hydrogen-powered retail car - Coming to a dealer near you in 2015!

In a bid to 'get rid of gasoline' Toyota makes history with first hydrogen-powered retail car - Coming to a dealer near you in 2015! Watch

Business & Economics

Toyota is making automotive history by selling a car powered by hydrogen. Sales in Japan began on Dec. 15, and will begin in the USA in 2015. Running ...

Dynamic new film 'Selma' retells Martin Luther King's historic 50-mile walk

Dynamic new film 'Selma' retells Martin Luther King's historic 50-mile walk Watch

Movies

Imagine a film based on historical facts that keep viewers on the edge of their seats. That's what's promised with the forthcoming motion ...

Does the U.S. hate cops? Despite media claims, Gallup poll reveals this is not true

Does the U.S. hate cops? Despite media claims, Gallup poll reveals this is not true Watch

U.S.

By Matt Waterson (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

In the wake of the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner, a very vocal portion of the U.S. population has risen up to condemned the assorted ...

Susan Hemeryck, Catholic Warrior, tears down satanic display erected by atheists at Florida state capitol

Susan Hemeryck, Catholic Warrior, tears down satanic display erected by atheists at Florida state capitol Watch

Living Faith

Atheists and Satanists intent on hijacking Christmas for their own propaganda purposes have been intruding on traditional holiday displays on public ...

Midnight Mass - Homily: Is There Room in Your Inn?

Midnight Mass - Homily: Is There Room in Your Inn? Watch

AirMaria > Homilies

Father asks us whether we believe what we are celebrating, or is Christmas becoming a fairy-tale to us like it is to many, even many professing ...

Dec 24 - Homily: Gratefulness for Grace

Dec 24 - Homily: Gratefulness for Grace Watch

AirMaria > Homilies

Fr. Alan on the Midnight Mass for Christmas exhorts us to give thanks for all the many graces God has given us, especially the gift of the infant ...

Amazing 'bionic' arms provided for man shorn of limbs -- 40 years later

Amazing 'bionic' arms provided for man shorn of limbs -- 40 years later Watch

Health

Leslie Baugh has a lot to be thankful for this holiday season. Both of his arms, amputated 40 years ago, have since been replaced with a pair of ...

Why should you be grateful this season? The economy might just be one reason

Why should you be grateful this season? The economy might just be one reason Watch

Business & Economics

By Matt Waterson (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

After years of economic slump, the economy jumped on the fast track, and is growing by its fastest rate in over a decade.

Sad endings become happy; Marvel and D.C. comics heroes do battle in wacky world of fan videos

Sad endings become happy; Marvel and D.C. comics heroes do battle in wacky world of fan videos Watch

Movies

Sad endings in movies become transformed into happy ones. Children's classics become horror films. Horror films become hilarious comedies. This is ...

AN ASTONISHING MIRACLE: Under God's grace, paralyzed priest walks again!

AN ASTONISHING MIRACLE: Under God's grace, paralyzed priest walks again! Watch

Living Faith

By Abigail James (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

In 2010, Rev. John Murray was told he would never walk again after experiencing a horrible accident.

Wednesday, December 24 - Homily: Loosen our Tongues

Wednesday, December 24 - Homily: Loosen our Tongues Watch

Daily Homilies

Fr Joachim on the Benedicat, the Gospel canticle sung by Zachariah after the birth of his son John the Baptist, the forerunner of Christ, when ...

Guest Opinion: Priest-theologian praised 'American Sniper' Chris Kyle

Guest Opinion: Priest-theologian praised 'American Sniper' Chris Kyle Watch

U.S.

By Matt C. Abbott

In light of the upcoming Clint Eastwood movie "American Sniper," which is based on the autobiography of the late Navy SEAL sniper Chris Kyle, I'm ...

Daily Readings for Thursday, December 25, 2014

Daily Readings

By New Jerusalem Bible

Reading 1: Joel 62:11-12, Responsorial Psalm: Isaiah 97:1, Responsorial Psalm: Isaiah 97:11-12, Responsorial Psalm: Isaiah 97:6, Gospel: Ephesians ...

St. Adele: Saint of the Day for Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Saints

St. Adele, Widow. A daughter of King Dagobert II of Germany, St. Adele became a nun upon the death of her husband, making provisions for her son, the ...

Christmas Prayer: Prayer of the Day for Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Prayers

Lord, in this holy season of prayer and song and laughter, we praise you for the great wonders you have sent us: for shining star and angel's song, ...

Christmas Letter of Pope Francis to the Persecuted Christians of the Middle East

Christmas Letter of Pope Francis to the Persecuted Christians of the Middle East Watch

Middle East

By Pope Francis

Dear Christian brothers and sisters of the Middle East, you have an enormous responsibility and in meeting it you are not alone.  That is ...

Deacon Keith Fournier: The Progressives of this Age Are Not Progressive - They are Regressive

Deacon Keith Fournier: The Progressives of this Age Are Not Progressive - They are Regressive

U.S.

By Deacon Keith A Fournier

What is happening in our Nation is a clash of worldviews, personal and social, and competing definitions of human freedom, human flourishing and ...

 A journey to the land of the free: Part Two -- Like dogs in a pound, immigrants are stripped of all hope as basic human rights remain scarce along the border

A journey to the land of the free: Part Two -- Like dogs in a pound, immigrants are stripped of all hope as basic human rights remain scarce along the border Watch

U.S.

By Abigail James (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

"People have the right to migrate to sustain their lives and the lives of their families," states the first principle of the Three Basic Principles ...

The Price Women Pay Having an Abortion

The Price Women Pay Having an Abortion

Health

By Emily Derois

The issue of the legalization of abortion is one of the most significant debates of our time. The arguments are highly passionate and emotional, as ...

Redeemer in the Womb: Jesus was an Embryonic Person

Redeemer in the Womb: Jesus was an Embryonic Person Watch

Christmas / Advent

By Deacon Keith Fournier

Tomorrow we  commemorate the Nativity of the Lord. Let us always remember the incredible truth revealed in the Mystery which we celebrate, there ...

Choosing death: Yazidi women driven to suicide when forced into sexual slavery by ISIS

Choosing death: Yazidi women driven to suicide when forced into sexual slavery by ISIS Watch

Middle East

When confronted with being sold into slavery and forced into a life of demeaning sexual violence and rape, hundreds of Yazidi women in ...