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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...

Charities employee shares ‘Miracle of Santa Claus’ in book

If you’re not familiar with the story of how Jesus befriends St. Nicholas, obviously you have not read “The Miracle of Santa Claus,” a...

Women religious open Christmas season with German Catholic tradition

FERDINAND, Ind. — The sights and sounds of Christmas brightened the massive dome of the Monastery Immaculate Conception in Ferdinand as six Sisters of...

Effie Calderola: Life is too short for family to forget to...

BY EFFIE CALDEROLA My husband and I raised three kids in Alaska. It was a great place to live, but it was a long way from...

Traditions associated with Epiphany vary based on location

For The Dialog Father Stanislao Esposito didn’t anxiously await Christmas morning to see what Santa had left him while growing up in Italy. Instead, he...

Return of Christmas Mass welcomed with joy in Mosul

MOSUL, Iraq -- Cries of joy and seasonal hymns once again filled St. Paul Cathedral in Mosul as Christmas Mass was celebrated there for...

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