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Pope Francis blesses 100 nativity scenes near the Vatican Watch

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Pope Francis Monday stopped by the "100 Nativities in the Vatican" display to bless Christmas scenes from all over the world. Vatican City, ... continue reading


Advent Reflection - Day 9 - The Second Monday of Advent Watch

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Advent Day 9 - Second Monday of AdventWhy we need a Savior. At this time, the Daily Readings of the Church explain why we need a savior. ... continue reading



Advent Reflection - Day 8 - The Second Sunday of Advent Watch

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Advent Reflection - Day 8 - The Second Sunday of AdventWe recall the prophets, who foretold Christ's coming.  The first and larger ... continue reading


Advent Reflection - Day 7 - The First Saturday of Advent Watch

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Your Daily Advent Reflection - Day 7 - First Saturday of Advent Why we talk about reconciliation during Advent.  Many parishes ... continue reading


Advent Reflection - Day 6 - The First Friday of Advent Watch

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Your Daily Advent Reflection - Day 6 - First Friday of AdventA clever person once calculated how long it would take to walk from Egypt to ... continue reading


Pope Francis: Don't forget the real meaning of Christmas Watch

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Ahead of the Vatican Christmas tree lighting Dec. 5, Pope Francis expressed hope that the nativity scene in St. Peter's Square will serve ... continue reading



Advent Reflection - Day 5 - The First Thursday of Advent

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Your Daily Advent Reflection - Day 5 - First Thursday of AdventAdvent is a mini what? Why is it so important to treat Advent as a ... continue reading


'They key is not to fight, but just to bear witness': How to preach Advent Watch

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The season of Advent, and the entire cycle of the liturgical year, is vital to remaining rooted in the true mission of the Church, ... continue reading


If you want Christmas to be special, celebrate Advent! Watch

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Of all the seasons of the liturgical year, Advent seems to be the most overlooked. Overshadowed by Christmas, Advent is forgotten and ... continue reading


Advent Reflection - Day 4 - The First Wednesday of Advent Watch

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Your Daily Advent Reflection - Day 4 - First Wednesday of AdventWhat do kids know about Advent that we don't? Advent is a period of ... continue reading



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Advent? What is it all about

What is Advent? The word Advent derives from the Latin word meaning coming. The Lord is coming. We may reflect that every year at this time we celebrate his coming , so that in a sense we can lose the feeling of expectancy and joyful anticipation, because at the end of the season, everything seems to return to pretty much the same routine. If that is the case, then our preparation may have been lacking ... continue reading

The Christmas Story

The Christmas Story To become the mother of the Savior, Mary "was enriched by God with gifts appropriate to such a role."132 The angel Gabriel at the moment of the annunciation salutes her as "full of grace". In fact, in order for Mary to be able to give the free assent of her faith to the announcement of her vocation, it was necessary that she be wholly borne by God's grace... continue reading


Advent Daily Readings

Daily Scripture Readings for Advent The weeks of Advent remind us to set aside some of the hectic business of the holiday season, and to quietly reflect on the promise of the baby born in Bethlehem 2000 years ago. The Bible readings listed below relate to the Advent themes of waiting, preparation, light in the darkness, and the coming of the promised Messiah. continue reading


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Sinner or saint God loves you, Pope Francis says on Christmas Eve Watch

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Vatican City, (CNA) - A person's weakness and sin does not change Christ's love for them, and Catholics should strive to treat others the ... continue reading


St. Stephen's martyrdom shows 'true meaning of Christmas,' Pope Francis says Watch

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The death of St. Stephen, the Church's first martyr, teaches Catholics to renew their commitment to charity and self-gift, part of the ... continue reading


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Christmas Eve carolers for Cardinal Pell gathered at Melbourne prison Watch

Image of A group of local Catholics gathered outside Melbourne prison on Christmas Eve to sing carols for Cardinal George Pell

A group of local Catholics gathered outside Melbourne prison on Christmas Eve to sing carols for Cardinal George Pell, currently ... continue reading


Advent Reflection - Day 24 - The Fourth Tuesday of Advent Watch

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Advent Reflection - Day 24 - The Fourth Tuesday of Advent This is the last day of this year's Advent preparations. Tonight, we greet the ... continue reading


Advent Reflection - Day 23 - The Fourth Monday of Advent Watch

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Advent Reflection - Day 23 The Fourth Monday of Advent Some families wait until this time to put up their Christmas trees. The reason ... continue reading


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