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A group of Christians pray along Israel's controversial wall which divides the West Bank from Jerusalem in 2017

A group of Christian foreigners pray in front of an Icon of Virgin Mary painted on Israel's controversial separation barrier, which divides the West Bank from Jerusalem, on July 7, 2017, in Bethlehem

Crib donations to help Holy Land Christians

11/12/2017 17:30

Eight dioceses in England have pledged to support vulnerable Christians in the Holy Land through Christmas crib donations.

 

Christmas lunch with the poor in the Basilica of Santa Maria in Trastevere

Christmas lunch with the poor in the Basilica of Santa Maria in Trastevere

Set another place at the Christmas table for someone in need

11/12/2017 17:00

Kicking off its annual campaign to offer Christmas lunch to the poor, to the homeless, to families in difficulty, the Rome-based Community of Sant’Egidio is asking for contributions in order to be able to offer a tangible sign of closeness and care to our brothers and sisters in need.

 

Christmas tree and crib scene

The 2016 Christmas tree and crib scene in St Peter's Square

Christmas tree and crib scene to be inaugurated on Dec 7th

25/10/2017 15:44

The giant Christmas Crib and fir tree which traditionally adorn St Peter’s Square throughout the festive season will be inaugurated at 4.30pm on the afternoon of December 7th

Pope Francis addresses the faithful on St. Stephen's Day

Pope Francis addresses the faithful on St. Stephen's Day

Vatican Weekend for January 7, 2017

06/01/2017 12:30

Vatican Weekend for January 7, 2016 presents a look at Saints Basil and Gregory, a feature program on the 3 Magi and their role in Christian art throughout the ages, and 'Keeping  the Christmas spirit:' Mgr William Millea offers a reflection for this season celebrating Christ’s birth….

Christmas 2016 celebrated among children in a School in Nepal

Christmas 2016 celebrated among children in a School in Nepal

Nepal restores Christmas as public holiday

29/12/2016 11:51

Reversing a decision made earlier this year, the government of Nepal restored Christmas to the list of public holidays. Thousands took part in the celebrations. 

 

Pope Francis delivers the Urbi et Orbi Christmas Day blessing from the main balcony of St. Peter's Basilica

Pope Francis delivers the Urbi et Orbi Christmas Day blessing from the main balcony of St. Peter's Basilica

Pope pleads for peace in a world broken by conflict and terrorism

25/12/2016 14:34

Pope Francis made an impassioned plea for peace on Sunday in a world broken by conflict, terrorism and injustice. He was speaking to an estimated 40,000 people gathered in St. Peter’s Square and to the world during his traditional Christmas Day “Urbi et Orbi” address

Pope Francis at the balcony of St Peter's Basilica, as he began his Christmas Urbi et Orbi address

Pope Francis at the balcony of St Peter's Basilica, as he began his Christmas message ahead of the traditional Urbi et orbi Blessing.

Pope Francis: Christmas message "Urbi et Orbi": full text

25/12/2016 11:56

The full text of Pope Francis' Christmas Message Urbi et Orbi - to the City of Rome and to the whole World.