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If silence is not one of the sounds associated with Christmas preparations, chances are people will miss an experience of the love and tenderness that is at the heart of the holiday, Pope Francis said.
Slipping hillsides of clay, mud and gravel entombed an enormous necropolis below today’s Vatican City State, keeping its underground “city of the dead” safely sealed for two millennia.
Pope Francis prayed that Catholics throughout the Americas would open their arms to the poor, to immigrants, to the unborn and to the aged just as Mary opens her arms to all.
An official at the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace said that, despite widespread news reports and the statement of an Italian bishop, he does not expect Pope Francis to write an encyclical on the subject of poverty.
Every morning when you awake, if someone were to ask you, “What is your purpose today?” I wonder what your response would be.
The ordination of Andrew Cozzens to the Episcopacy will take place on December 9 at the Cathedral of Saint Paul at 2 p.m. Learn more and watch a live stream of the ordination online.