Tag: christmas

Vatican unveils Nativity scene, lights Christmas tree

VATICAN CITY | 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. The 85-foot-tall spruce tree came from the forests of the Veneto region in northeast Italy and another 20 smaller trees were donated by communities in the region’s… Read more »

Gift reveals God’s presence in act of giving

ORLANDO | Kristen White wanted to follow a personal tradition and sponsor someone in need during the Christmas holidays. While she was a college student in Indiana, White had sponsored a child’s Christmas through the Salvation Army. The graduate student is spending a semester in Orlando and turned to Catholic Charities of Central Florida to… Read more »

West Bank residents work to ensure tourists spend time with locals

BEIT SAHOUR, West Bank | Bethlehem and the neighboring towns of Beit Jala and Beit Sahour depend economically on tourism, but traditionally have struggled with keeping visitors in the area for more than half a day. Although the hotels are fully booked for Christmas this year, that does not necessarily mean it will translate into… Read more »

Pope: God’s Christmas wish isn’t buying-frenzy, feast, but gift of self

VATICAN CITY | Christmas will not be authentic if people get caught up in a frenzy of shopping, presents and meals, all while ignoring the poor and forgetting who the celebration is really all about, Pope Francis said. “If Christmas ends up as just a beautiful traditional holiday,” where everything revolves around “us and not… Read more »

Special delivery: Vatican Christmas stamps feature inmate’s art

VATICAN CITY | As the Christmas season draws near, the Vatican postal service prepared a unique set of commemorative stamps designed by a talented, yet unlikely, artist: a prisoner serving a life sentence. The Vatican Philatelic and Numismatic Office announced Oct. 30 that its 2018 Christmas stamps will feature images of the Annunciation and of… Read more »