Fourth Sunday of Advent — Dec. 22
EWTN Christmas program schedule
In another wide-ranging interview with an Italian journalist, Pope Francis denied he was a Marxist but said he took no offense at the label; dismissed the notion of women cardinals; and reflected on Christmas as an occasion of joy, tenderness and hope.
The lights glowing on the Christmas tree in St. Peter’s Square, like Christmas lights everywhere, are reminders that Jesus is the light of the world, Pope Francis said.
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.
This past June, Rick Santorum (former U.S. senator from Pennsylvania and 2012 presidential candidate) became CEO of the Dallas faith-based film production company EchoLight Studios. Among the studio’s current projects is, “The Christmas Candle,” expected to open in 400 to 500 theaters across the country Nov. 22.
Parishes have “gotten the message” about maintaining the liturgical integrity of Advent and resisting Christmas carols, she added, but “the harder thing is keeping the parish groups from having their Christmas parties on the fourth of December.”
Let us be wise Magi this Christmas • What gift will you give to Jesus this year? • See this year’s Christmas poster, essay contest winners • Christmas trees remind believers of light of Christ • Vatican Nativity scene to depict ancient city’s rock-hewn grottos • A goat for Christmas?