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Roma Downey's Little Angels
John Feister

The star of Touched by an Angel is back with angels for young parents.

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Las Posadas: A Mexican Christmas Tradition
PHOTOS BY DAVID MAUNG, TEXT BY CHRISTOPHER HEFFRON

Many parishes in the U.S. take to the streets in the spirit of Joseph and Mary.

When East Meets West
Marianne C. Sailus

The Ukrainian Catholic Church is Catholic but not Roman Catholic. What’s the difference?

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What All Catholics Should Know About Eastern Catholic Churches

Are Eastern Catholics Really Catholic?

Understanding How Icons Are Written

Christmas Light in Winter's Darkness
Kathleen M. Carroll

Ever wonder why we celebrate Christmas on December 25? Here's why.

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Brother Al and the Canticle Cafe
Text and photos by Marylynn Hewitt

A Franciscan brings a song of love to the streets of Detroit.

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Visitation: This is a fairly late feast, going back only to the 13th or 14th century. It was established widely throughout the Church to pray for unity. The present date of celebration was set in 1969 in order to follow the Annunciation of the Lord (March 25) and precede the Nativity of John the Baptist (June 24). 
<p>Like most feasts of Mary, it is closely connected with Jesus and his saving work. The more visible actors in the visitation drama (see Luke 1:39-45) are Mary and Elizabeth. However, Jesus and John the Baptist steal the scene in a hidden way. Jesus makes John leap with joy—the joy of messianic salvation. Elizabeth, in turn, is filled with the Holy Spirit and addresses words of praise to Mary—words that echo down through the ages. </p><p>It is helpful to recall that we do not have a journalist’s account of this meeting. Rather, Luke, speaking for the Church, gives a prayerful poet’s rendition of the scene. Elizabeth’s praise of Mary as “the mother of my Lord” can be viewed as the earliest Church’s devotion to Mary. As with all authentic devotion to Mary, Elizabeth’s (the Church’s) words first praise God for what God has done to Mary. Only secondly does she praise Mary for trusting God’s words. </p><p>Then comes the Magnificat (Luke 1:46-55). Here Mary herself (like the Church) traces all her greatness to God.</p> American Catholic Blog Someone once told Pope Francis that his words had inspired him to give a lot more to the poor. Pope Francis’s response was to challenge the man not to just give money, but to roll up his sleeves, get his hands dirty, and actually reach out and help.

Proclaiming the Gospel of Life by Fr. Frank Pavone

 
CATHOLIC GREETINGS
The Visitation
Mary’s song of joy on this occasion traces all her blessings to God’s generosity.

St. Joan of Arc
The piety of this 15th-century military heroine was not appreciated until centuries after her death.

Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ
Ultimately it is the Eucharist that feeds us and leads us to the heavenly banquet.

Ven. Pierre Toussaint
This former slave is one of many American holy people whose life particularly models Christian values.

Memorial Day (U.S.)
This weekend remember all those who have fought and died for peace.


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