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Vatican unveils Nativity scene, lights Christmas tree

VATICAN CITY — The Vatican unveiled the Nativity scene and lit the Christmas tree with energy-saving lights in St. Peter’s Square during a late...

First week of Advent: Initiate your game plan

"Stay awake." With this terse command, the Gospel of Matthew begins our season of Advent on Sunday, Dec. 1. How rich and rewarding will be...

Advent is a new beginning for all — Effie Caldarola

It was a chilly March night in a small Midwestern town. Maybe it was windy, because in my memory the Great Plains are always...

Christmas provides chance to pray, offer evangelization — Richard Doerflinger

Is it my imagination, or has the Christmas shopping season (or "holiday shopping season") extended itself by another few weeks? What we used to call...

Move to meet people with love — even around the family...

Religion and politics. The two subjects you're supposed to avoid in polite conversation. Except that the holiday season is when faith and family collide. Feasts...

Christmas: Take heart! God is with us!

Perhaps it's the compressed calendar, or the external decor that grabs our attention with "Celebrate the season!" Or, maybe it's the emphasis on reunions...

Pope Francis: ‘Everything changes’ with Christ’s birth

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — The Annunciation -- the Angel Gabriel announcing to Mary that she will bear God's son — was such a tremendous,...

Catholic experts offer holiday tips to avoid overindulgence

PHILADELPHIA  — Parties, cookie exchanges, family get-togethers and that bowl of Christmas candy on your co-worker's desk can all weigh heavily on the scale...

Favorite Christmas memories abound among families in Diocese of Wilmington

By KAREN JAMES From the lighting of the first Advent candle to the final stroke of midnight Mass, Christmas traditions evoke the meaning of the...

Creche in Rehoboth Beach goes up, comes down the next day...

A manger scene can make people feel good at Christmas and that’s what Patty Derrick and her friends in Rehoboth Beach were aiming for...

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