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Pope Francis delivers emotional “Urbi et Orbi” blessing in St. Peter's Square

Video (Rome Reports).Thousands of pilgrims were in St. Peter's Square to hear Pope Francis' third "Urbi et Orbi” Christmas blessing. Like the previous two, this one included the Pope's personal touch. POPE FRANCIS "Dear brothers and sisters, Happy Christmas!" While Christmas is one of the most joyful [...]
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Pope Francis during Angelus: Christmas is a time to “feel this wonder in meeting Jesus”

Video. Rome Reports. During the final Angelus prayer before Christmas, Pope Francis said that Mary can help Christians rediscover wonder in the Gospel, especially during this season. POPE FRANCIS "May she help us to perceive the wonder, these three wonders: the other, history and the Church; so [...]
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Pope Francis to large families: you are a gift to society

(Vatican Radio). Pope Francis said on Sunday that “in a world often marred by selfishness, a large family is a role model for solidarity and sharing and this benefits the whole of society.” The Pope’s remarks came during an address to a gathering of [...]
Tags: Generosity, Holy Family, Love, family, Christmas, Pope Francis

Pope Francis: The Holy Family is a shining example of mercy

(Vatican Radio). Pope Francis said on Sunday that “his thoughts are with those on board the missing AirAsia plane that disappeared during a flight between Indonesia and Singapore.” He added he was also thinking of two separate accidents involving two merchant ships and a [...]
Tags: Faith, Holy Family, family, Christmas, Rome, Pope Francis, mercy

Happy Christmas with the family

Video. The prelate of Opus Dei, Bishop Javier Echevarria, sends a Christmas message encouraging us to spend these days striving to give ourselves to others, beginning with our own families. Then Christmas will be a family celebration with all mankind. “May each home be an extension [...]
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The history of the Christmas Crib

Christmas devotion. I don't smile when I see you making cardboard mountains around the crib and placing simple clay figures near the manger. You have never seemed more a man to me than now, when you seem to be a child. (The Way, no. 557) From the [...]
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Bambinelli Sunday at the Vatican: Pope Francis blesses thousands of Baby Jesus

Video. (Rome Reports). There was a lot of enthusiasm in St. Peter's Square on Sunday as the Pope led the Angelus. The third Sunday of Advent is described as 'The Sunday of Joy.' Pope Francis reminded the crowd, that Christianity and joy go hand in [...]
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How did St Josemaria celebrate Christmas?

A Christmas Crib When Josemaria was a boy, his family set up a crib every Christmas. It was always the same one, but renewed each year, with mountains made of cork or cardboard, and the simple little crib figures that the children placed around the stable [...]
Tags: Joy, Faith, Spiritual childhood, Piety, family, Christmas, Christmas carol, Josemaria Escriva

A Gospel Christmas Crib

Video. A short Christmas video showing the different figures in the Crib, accompanied by parts of the Gospel narrative with a musical background. A charming source of ideas for making your own crib, and a source of inspiration for devotion and prayer at Christmas. [...]
Tags: Gospel, Faith, family, happiness, Christmas, Advent

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas...

Video (Rome Reports). Christmas season is now officially in St. Peter's Square with the installment of this 82 foot Christmas tree. Once the massive tree was set up, pilgrims and visitors waited for the decorations. "I think it's beautiful. I think it's a little bit [...]
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