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Resolutions for 2018

Resolutions for 2018

| Greg Erlandson | January 2, 2018 | 0 Comments

Now as we contemplate when to take down the tree and who will take down the lights, it is time to focus on the year ahead, which of course means another to-do list: creating New Year’s resolutions.

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Pope: Festivities become a facade when Christ is left out of Christmas

Pope: Festivities become a facade when Christ is left out of Christmas

| Carol Glatz | December 27, 2017 | 0 Comments

Only when Christ is the focus of the Christmas season do all the colorful lights, carols, special meals and traditions help create a festive and joyous atmosphere, Pope Francis said.

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Pope prays for world’s suffering children on Christmas

Pope prays for world’s suffering children on Christmas

| Cindy Wooden | December 26, 2017 | 0 Comments

Those who recognize the Lord in the baby Jesus in the manger also should recognize his presence in children suffering today because of war, poverty and immigration, Pope Francis said.

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Making wax figures of Jesus for mangers

Making wax figures of Jesus for mangers

| Francois Gloutnay | December 25, 2017 | 0 Comments

For sculptor Sylvette Chanel, Advent is the busiest time of the year. She is among the few people left who keeps alive the ancient New France craft of making and repairing wax Jesus figures for Nativity scenes.

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Christmas proclaims hope, charity where fear reigns, pope says

Christmas proclaims hope, charity where fear reigns, pope says

| December 25, 2017 | 1 Comment

Christmas calls believers to see God’s presence where he is often perceived as absent, especially in the “unwelcomed visitor, often unrecognizable, who walks through our cities and our neighborhoods, who travels on our buses and knocks on our doors,” Pope Francis said.

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Priest’s ‘sweet secret’: He invented machine that ‘hooked’ the candy cane

Priest’s ‘sweet secret’: He invented machine that ‘hooked’ the candy cane

| Malea Hargett | December 22, 2017 | 0 Comments

An Arkansas priest-inventor had a hand in creating the candy canes that you know and love this time of year.

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Praying with song: Children learn theology behind sacred music

Praying with song: Children learn theology behind sacred music

| Susan Klemond | December 21, 2017 | 0 Comments

Along with liturgical music, the St. Cecilia (girls) and St. Gregory (boys) choristers of the upper choir are rehearsing traditional Christmas music they will sing at the Cathedral’s 4 p.m. Christmas Eve Mass.

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Learn to love like Jesus this Christmas

Learn to love like Jesus this Christmas

| Bishop Andrew Cozzens | December 21, 2017 | 0 Comments

One of the great struggles of the Christian life is that none of us lives our life as well as we want to. It is a part of our common struggle that we know we are called to live a fully Christian life loving God with our whole heart, mind, soul and strength, and loving our neighbor as ourselves — yet, we always fail. This can be disheartening. In this struggle, the gift of Christ at Christmas is meant to be for us an incredible sign of hope.

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Study: More Americans don’t view Christmas as religious

Study: More Americans don’t view Christmas as religious

| December 19, 2017 | 0 Comments

The percentage of Americans who see Christmas as a religious holiday continues to slide across nearly all demographic lines.

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Mary, the perfect model

Mary, the perfect model

| Jacqui Skemp | December 18, 2017 | 0 Comments

Our first Christmas as a married couple, my husband and I stood side by side at the vigil Mass, both fully aware of the child growing within me.

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Creche crush: D.C. couple has collection of 500 Nativity scenes

Creche crush: D.C. couple has collection of 500 Nativity scenes

| Mark Pattison | December 18, 2017 | 0 Comments

For Roger and Marguerite Sullivan of Washington, Christmas really is the most wonderful time of the year.

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Pope: Coldest hearts can be warmed by Christmas cheer

Pope: Coldest hearts can be warmed by Christmas cheer

| December 15, 2017 | 0 Comments

Christmas joy expressed through music brings a message of peace and brotherhood for those most in need, Pope Francis said.

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