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Lorette Kassis watches her daughter Lordes, 10, light candles near a painting of St. Nicholas in a church named after the saint in Beit Jalla, West Bank. (CNS/Debbie Hill)

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Pope thanks Italian cities for Christmas tree, crèche
The Christmas tree and Nativity scene recall “the mystery of the Incarnation, the only-begotten Son of God who became man to save us, and the light that Jesus brought to the world by his Nativity,” the Pope said. “But the manger and the tree touch the hearts of all,” even nonbelievers, “because they speak of fraternity, intimacy, and friendship.”

Cuban, Miami prelates react to policy change toward Cuba
“We thank the Lord, now on the eve of Christmas, that new horizons of hope are illumining the life of the Cuban people, as the relaxation and good relations between peoples that are so close are the foundation of a promising future,” stated Cuba’s bishops, according to a Zenit report. Archbishop Thomas Wenski of Miami, home of a large Cuban-American community, said that “Pope Francis did what popes are supposed to do: build bridges and promote peace.”

Pope warns against sterile egoism rooted in a desire for power
“This too makes me think of our mother Church and of so much sterility within our Mother Church,” the Pope told those present in the Vatican’s Saint Martha guesthouse chapel Dec. 19. He noted that when too much emphasis is placed on our ability to choose to be good by following the commandments unaided by grace, “that pelagianism that all of us carry within our bones” grows, and the Church “becomes sterile.”

Police and Knights of Columbus join forces to fight the cold
“With Christmas approaching and the weather getting colder, we are pleased to be able to work on this with the wonderful men and women of the New Haven Police Department,” stated Supreme Knight Carl Anderson in a Dec. 18 Knights of Columbus press release.Hoping to continue the success of their Coats for Kids program, the Knights of Columbus have collected coats to donate to the local police department, who will then distribute the coats to the children and families in need that they meet during their regular courses of duty.

‘Sports are at home in the Church,’ says Pope
“Sport has always favored a universalism characterized by brotherhood and friendship among peoples, peace and harmony among nations; by respect, tolerance, harmony of diversity,” he continued.  The Pope offered his "best wishes" to the Italian organizers, who are hoping to be chosen as hosts for the 2024 Olympic Games. But the 78-year-old Pontiff added with a smile, "I won't be around."

Vatican Christmas tree features new LED lights
The enormous fir tree, brought to Rome from the Calabria region, was strung with new LED lights, which will save energy. The same sort of LED lighting had been installed along the facade of St. Peter's basilica, and at the conclusion of the Friday ceremony, those lights were also switched on, by Cardinal Angelo Comastri, the archpriest of the basilica.


Around the Net – Catholic Blogosphere


Christmas Joy is a Choice, Not a Feeling
In early November, long before Thanksgiving, I started Christmas shopping. Not because I’m obsessed with my kids having the latest and most popular toy. Not even because I wanted to get the best deals on things before the Black Friday madness hit. Mostly just because I wanted to whittle down the “to do” list of stressful things so that I could truly enjoy a peaceful Advent.

Mary and the Love that Casts out Fear
Standing in line for confession recently, waiting to pour out to Christ all my mothering failures, I wondered for the hundredth time how the Blessed Mother did it. How did she raise a toddler without sinning? The constant demands of my children on my time, love, energies, and patience often wears me to the breaking point. How did Mary avoid dissolving into selfishness?

Defending Christmas and “Pagan Christmas Roots”
The modern Catholic, and most Christians for that matter, have many fronts to defend, one of them being the so-called “pagan roots” of Christmas. This accusation is made on many facades of the faith. For example, an objector might tell you that Christians adopted the Holy Day of Easter from the pagan celebration of the fertility goddess, Ishtar (sounds a little like Easter, right?). This time of year though, you are likely to hear the objection that Christmas is a christo-pagan holiday, a mash-up of pagan belief and Christian celebration. Here are some of the objections or accusations you might meet, and a helpful way to respond.

It’s Not Too Late to Pray the Glorious “O” Antiphons of Advent
Despite the fact that we live in an era where the Christ Child is banished from the public square or reduced to a miserable competition with Kwaanza candles, red-nosed reindeer, abominable snowmen, the Grinch, and every obscene Santa Claus devised by the twisted minds of Hollywood or Madison Avenue, Christians have reason to hope that Christ can still be found in Christmas. The Catholic Church, in particular, has not lost sight of Christ in this holy season and, in fact, can draw from her astounding spiritual reservoir to produce customs of immense beauty to help us keep our eyes fixed on Christ through oceans of distractions.

 

 

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