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How to Handle Christmas Stress Watch

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Christmas is a season full of joy and happiness. Families gather and spend special, meaningful time together. This should be a time where ... continue reading


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Pope Francis's 'Urbi et Orbi' message (Full Text) Watch

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Pope Francis on Christmas Day said the commemoration of Christ's birth is an occasion to remember and pray for every child who suffers due ... continue reading


Pope Francis sends powerful message out on Christmas Watch

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Pope Francis said the birth of Jesus is an invitation for all Christians to imitate him in reaching out to embrace the vulnerable and all ... continue reading


A beautiful prayer to help with Christmas disappointment Watch

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Since you came to Jesus, you've prayed, you've had faith in the Lord and you've done the best you could to meet God halfway - but now, near ... continue reading


The world's suffering little ones - don't forget them this Christmas Watch

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Imagine hearing a knock at your front door. As you open the door, to your great surprise you see a baby lying in front of you. Without ... continue reading


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Prepare for the Lord: Advent is a time to prepare our hearts for the coming of Jesus Watch

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During Advent, we should prepare our hearts for the coming of Jesus like we joyfully prepare our homes for a visit from a family member or ... continue reading


An Advent Story: A Man Who Loved Christ to Tears

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After a long pause, John told me about a terrible fire-fight he'd experienced in the war. He didn't describe any of the details. There was ... continue reading


On the True Spirit of Advent Watch

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Last Sunday, we Catholics began a new liturgical year, entering once again into the season of Advent, which is a period of preparation for ... continue reading


Irish priest: Christians should stop saying 'Christmas' and 'Easter' Watch

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An Irish Catholic priest has asked Christians to give up the words 'Christmas' and 'Easter,' because they have been hijacked by secular ... 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

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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


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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

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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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