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The faithful hear the Annunciation in the Gospel. Mary’s example of faith and obedience to God allow her to respond with her fiat.
VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Celebrating his 81st birthday, Pope Francis blew out the candles on a 13-foot long pizza after being serenaded with song and dance by children and employees from a Vatican pediatric clinic.
The big challenge for parishes this year will be decorating for Christmas liturgies, especially parishes with afternoon Masses on Sunday that will only have a few hours to "turn the church over from Advent to Christmas."
WASHINGTON (CNS) — During the weeks before Christmas, Catholic churches stand out for what they are missing.
God kept the first promise that He would send a Savior, so the faithful should trust Him to keep the second promise that He will come again and take the holy ones to be with Him for eternity.
The Feast of the Immaculate Conception — a holy day of obligation — is the first of two important Marian feast days that fall during Advent.
The feast of St. Nicholas, the inspiration for Santa Claus, celebrates a fourth-century saint who was a Greek bishop in Myra.