The Nativity is depicted in a mural titled "Birth of Jesus" in the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception at Conception Abbey in Conception, Mo. Painted by Benedictine monks in the late 1800s, the artwork is the first appearance of the German Beuronese s tyle in a U.S. church. Christians celebrate the incarnation of the divine word -- the birth of Christ -- Dec. 25. (CNS photo courtesy Conception Abbey)
Roy Cisneros holds Roy Jr. while his wife Luna Astengo stands beside St. Patrick parishioner Athna Rosendo, who holds newborn Rose Angela.  (Joyce Coronel/CATHOLIC SUN)