Bethlehem family feels the pull of living in the town of Jesus‘ birth

BETHLEHEM, West Bank (CNS) — Brothers Peter and Eli Hosh grew up knowing that their hometown was not only the place where they went to school and ran down to the corner market for their mother, but the town where Jesus was born.

Catholics urged to pray novena for Archbishop Sheen’s beatification beginning Dec. 12

PEORIA, Ill. (CNS) — Supporters of the canonization cause for Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen have been invited to take part in a novena starting Dec. 12 to “petition God unceasingly to remove all obstacles” for the beatification of the media pioneer, author and evangelist.

Go to confession, let yourself be consoled, pope says

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Anyone who wants to experience the consolation and tenderness of God simply needs to go to Confession, Pope Francis said at his morning Mass.

Pope names Filipino Cardinal Tagle to lead evangelization congregation

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — In a move that may signal Pope Francis’ plan for the reform of the Roman Curia is close to completion, the pope has named Philippine Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle of Manila prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples.

U.S. brother beatified on soccer fields of Guatemalan school he served

HUEHUETENANGO, Guatemala (CNS) — Christian Brother James Miller taught students and served as a vice principal at the La Sallian Christian Brothers school in this impoverished pocket of rural Guatemala.

Pope prays for ‘Normandy Summit,’ peace in Ukraine

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Pope Francis offered prayers for a summit in France that will seek to bring an end to the ongoing war in eastern Ukraine.

Immaculate Conception is feast of hope for sinners, pope says

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Mary, conceived without sin, is a “masterpiece” who reflects “the beauty of God who is all love, grace and self-giving,” Pope Francis said on the feast of the Immaculate Conception.

Let Jesus be your pilot, archbishop says as Loreto jubilee begins

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Celebrating a jubilee year centered around Our Lady of Loreto, Catholics are called to “fly high” toward God and toward holiness, letting Jesus be their “pilot,” said Archbishop Fabio Dal Cin, papal delegate of the Italian Shrine of Our Lady of Loreto.

Vatican unveils Nativity scene, lights Christmas tree

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — The Vatican unveiled the Nativity scene and lit the Christmas tree with energy-saving lights in St. Peter’s Square during a late afternoon ceremony Dec. 5.

Work on Wisconsin farm prepared slain brother for service in Guatemala

GREEN BAY, Wis. (CNS) — Before donning the habit of a Christian Brother in 1962, Br. James Miller wore the bib overalls of a Wisconsin farm boy.