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Fourth Sunday of Advent: Awaiting the Arrival of The Christ Child Who Fulfills Every Hope

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In America today, we often rush from the secular holiday of Thanksgiving right into Christmas, bypassing Advent altogether. The Christmas ... continue reading


Pope Francis offers the hearing-impaired a special Christmas message - In sign language! Watch

Image of Pope Francis spoke to the deaf community in a language they could understand.

On Tuesday, December 13, YouTube user Joseph Matar posted a shockingly adorable video of Pope Francis sharing a Christmas message with the ... continue reading


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Blasphemous 'Santa vs. Jesus' board game featuring Virgin Mary and racy pictures sparks controversy Watch

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Two actors joined forces to create a stunningly inappropriate board game in the name of fun - but many have hailed the game as ... continue reading


'We still continue living with love' - Heartsick Iraqi Christians in U.S. plan powerful midnight Mass Watch

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Iraqi Christians who relocated to the United States admit this Christmas will be difficult without their loved ones, who remain trapped ... continue reading


St. Nicholas: Yes, Virginia, There is a Santa Watch

Image of St. Nicholas is the patron saint of children, Russia, Greece, Sicily, sailors, prisoners, bakers, and pawnbrokers.

Nicholas is the patron saint of children, Russia, Greece, Sicily, sailors, prisoners, bakers, and pawnbrokers.  His image is second ... continue reading


Adorable video shows children hilariously explain the story of Christmas Watch

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The Southland Christian Church used adults to recreate children's versions of the reason for the season. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) ... continue reading


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How many of these 10 little-known facts about St. Nicholas do YOU know? Watch

Image of St. Nicholas was known for more than just giving gifts to kids.

In honor of St. Nicholas' feast day, December 6, take a moment to see how well you really know the beloved saint. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic ... continue reading


How St. John Paul II saved Christmas - New tell-all interview reveals how the Pope moved dictator's heart Watch

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After Fidel Castro gained power in Cuba in 1959, he spent the  next decade slowly imposing socialism on the country, including state ... continue reading


The 'O' Antiphons - O Emmanuel

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LATIN: O Emmanuel, Rex et legifer noster, exspectatio gentium, et Salvator earum: veni ad salvandum nos Domine Deus noster. ENGLISH: O ... continue reading


The 'O' Antiphons - O Rex Gentium

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LATIN: O Rex gentium, et desideratus earum, lapisque angularis, qui facis utraque unum: veni, et salva hominem, quem de limo formasti. ... 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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The Christmas Gift: Because Jesus is Born, We Can Be Born Again Watch

Image of That beautiful Child was born in a manger so that the world can be born again in Him. He became like us, so that we can become like Him. As sons and daughters in the Son, we can live for eternity in an intimate communion of love in, through and with Him. That reality begins today for all who say Yes to the gift being offered. Merry Christmas

On the day called Christ-Mass, the whole world pauses - at a manger, a crib, a creche. The Nativity of the Lord touches every man, ... continue reading


Advent Reflection - Day 26 - The Fourth Thursday of Advent Watch

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Advent Reflection - Day 26 - The Fourth Thursday of Advent This is the last day of this year's Advent preparations. Tonight, we greet the ... continue reading





5 Ways to keep Jesus in your Christmas celebrations this year

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Christmas is a magical time of year when decorations line the streets, children are suddenly behaving and the Post Office struggles to keep ... continue reading


Get your oven mitts ready, it's time to bake Christmas cookies! Watch

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Logs are burning in the fireplace and a sweet holiday tune escapes from the stereo. Christmas is here and it's time to break out those eggs ... continue reading


Advent Reflection - Day 25 - The Fourth Wednesday of Advent Watch

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Advent Reflection - Day 25 - The Fourth Wednesday of Advent Within Mary's womb, our Savior stirs. The moment is near! The Holy Family turns ... continue reading




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