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Celebrating St. Nicholas Day, accepting Advent as it comes, name tags, skating, and more (7 Quick Takes)

Happy St. Nicholas Day! Every year we leave our shoes by the door the night before his feast day, and we wake up the next morning to treats in our...
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Pope returns part of relic of Jesus’ crib to Holy Land

As Advent approached, Pope Francis gave a small fragment of Jesus' crib back to Catholics in the Holy Land.
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Pope asks Catholics to set up, be enchanted by a Nativity scene

A Nativity scene is a simple reminder of something astonishing: God became human to reveal the greatness of his love "by smiling and opening his arms to all," Pope Francis...
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Approach Advent with a sense of wonder

It’s almost impossible not to get caught up in the busyness of the season. So, maybe instead of resisting, we should lean into all of it. Maybe we can embrace...
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Want to add to hope, joy, reflection, healing? You can do Advent

If Catholics do take time for Advent, which begins Dec. 1 this year, they can find it to be a meaningful season.
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My favorite gift to buy is that for a stranger

This Christmas season, as your family and mine add unnecessary “stuff” to the pile collecting in our closets, dressers, and cabinets, let us remember there are good and hardworking families...
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Video Resources

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.