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Christmas past resonates for oldest pastor

This year will mark Monsignor Burke's 40th Christmas at St. Francis of Assisi in Baltimore. He’ll celebrate the 5 p.m. Mass on Christmas Eve, and the 11:30 a.m. Mass on...
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Advent: It’s not over ’til it’s over

We’ve made it this far. Ready or not, Christmas is coming. But this last little stretch offers a sliver of time.
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Camping out at the dollar store

Little gifts. Tiny blessings. This Christmas season, give away a compliment and your smile.
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Proclaim the Gospel in every language, in every land, pope tells Filipinos

"Continue being 'smugglers' of the faith," Pope Francis told thousands of Filipino migrants living and working in Italy.
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‘A love with no borders’ seen at Guadalupe Mass in Glen Burnie

Each year the archdiocese attempts to celebrate Mass at a new location near the actual Dec. 12 feast day to recognize the long tradition of devotion to Our Lady of...
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A live nativity offers a lesson in joy

Our fourth grader may have only had one brief job to do, but he embraced it wholeheartedly. He held the Star proudly and peered through the center of it with...
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Video Resources

The Incarnation and enculturation

Marianist Father Johann Roten of the University of Dayton displays the Catholic institution’s collection of 3,500 Nativity scenes and discusses the significance of the iconic sets and adaptations made by individual cultures.

Christmas goodness from the kitchen

Catholic News Service correspondent Nancy Wiechec invites viewers into her kitchen to demonstrate how she prepares her Christmas panettone.

John the Baptist, a man for Advent

Father Michael G. Witczak, associate professor of liturgical studies and sacramental theology at The Catholic University of America, explains why John the Baptist is an important figure to consider while preparing for Christmas.

Mary is at the center of Advent

Msgr. Stephen J. Rossetti, a professor of pastoral studies at The Catholic University of America, says Mary always brings us closer to Jesus.

Pray the rosary this Advent

A Sister of Life discusses why and how to pray the rosary during Advent.