Why Dec. 25th? Church settled on ‘Christ’s birth day’ centuries later
CLEVELAND, Ohio (CNS) – The gospel accounts of the Nativity (Matthew 1-2, Luke 1-2) do not say what day Jesus was born. There were attempts to calculate the day, but by the third century Christians realized this was impossible.
REFLECTION OF ST. PETER'S BASILICA SEEN ON ORNAMENT – St. Peter's Basilica is seen reflected on a Christmas ornament hanging on the Christmas tree in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican last December. (CNS/Reuters)
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