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Far from home, Israel’s foreign workers visit pop-up Christmas market

TEL AVIV, Israel—For foreign workers and other nonlocal Christians living in Israel, celebrating Christmas far from loved ones in a country where Christians are a minority can be a difficult time. Used to a festive Christmas season back home in the Philippines, many of the Filipino caretakers who work with mainly Jewish families have learned […]


Give the ‘look of love’ and the gift of humanity this Christmas

As they celebrated their first Christmas in America 150 years ago, our Little Sisters in Baltimore noted that the donations received included “twelve turkeys, four ducks, sixteen chickens and so many other good things that we didn’t know what to do with it all!” They concluded, “In this country Christmas is like the feast of […]


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Pope: With a mother’s heart, Mary raises up the abandoned

VATICAN CITY—Just as she did hundreds of years ago from a small hill in Tepeyac, Mexico, Mary accompanies the downtrodden and the lowly like a mother caring for her children. Mary “is a woman who walks with the gentleness and tenderness of a mother, she makes her home in family life, she unties one knot […]


Filmmaker’s ‘Camino’ documentary finally finds home on PBS

WASHINGTON—What a long, strange trip it’s been. Not walking the 500 miles in a pilgrimage from southern France to Santiago de Compostela, Spain, that Lydia B. Smith first did a decade ago. Not even making a documentary about “the Camino,” as the pilgrimage is called, when she returned a year later with a camera and […]


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Pilgrimage across U.S. lets peacemaker spread light from Bethlehem

LAFAYETTE, Ind.—Brian Duane’s maroon Subaru had already covered about 1,800 miles when he pulled into the parking lot at the Cathedral of St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception in Lafayette Dec. 4. It was Duane’s 18th stop in what would be a weeklong, cross-country journey for the resident of Pembroke, Massachusetts, and his car contained […]


The story of Our Lady of Guadalupe

The Feast Day of Our Lady of Guadalupe is celebrated Dec. 12. In honor of Our Lady, let’s take a look at the story behind the indigenous peasant who came across the Patron of the Americas, and how he fought for her message to be heard. The image of the Virgin of Guadalupe, like the […]


Pope at Mass: Let us allow ourselves to be consoled by God

VATICAN CITY—At the Mass at Casa Santa Marta, Pope Francis speaks about consolation, which he says should be the normal state for Christians. But in today’s world, he says, the word “tenderness” has effectively been removed from the dictionary. In his homily at the daily Mass, Pope Francis encouraged us to allow ourselves to be […]


Surprise! Pope makes several impromptu visits

ROME—Pope Francis made surprise visits Dec. 7 and 8 to people receiving medical care far from their homes, to a dozen intellectually challenged young people and to the staff of a major Rome newspaper. The late-afternoon visits Dec. 7 to the CasAmica residence for families with a member needing long-term medical care far from home […]


Marking feast day, pope asks Mary’s care of refugee families

ROME—In the heart of Rome, near streets of fancy shops already blinged out for Christmas shopping, Pope Francis prayed for Romans struggling to survive and for families in the city and around the world who face the same lack of welcome that Mary and Joseph experienced. The pope concluded his public celebration of the feast […]


As U.N. declaration hits 70, push to include ‘new’ rights called troubling

UNITED NATIONS—Seventy years after its adoption, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights was lauded Dec. 4 as a seminal, yet imperfect achievement of the nascent United Nations. Speakers at a panel honored the foresight of the declaration’s framers, but also warned that recognition of “new and deeply troubling rights” will contradict the document’s noble intent. […]


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