King Herod, wise men issue a moral challenge

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

December 24, 2012

The Christmas story is surely one of the greatest stories ever told. It chronicles a birth from which the world records time as before or after. Moreover, it is written in a way that has inflamed the romantic imagination for 2,000 years.

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Creative renderings honour Christ's birth

Ralph Himsl

December 24, 2012
Christmas Eve
December 24, 2012

In the 2,000 years since the birth of Jesus, and since people learned the significance of his birth, they have declared their gratitude in diverse ways: prayers, paintings, novels, poems, rituals, musical compositions, dramas, shrines.

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Many struggle with the coming of Christ

Mark Pickup

December 24, 2012

What does the coming of Christ mean to you? The reality of his presence means different things to different people. The wise men travelled a great distance with gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh to adore the newborn king. Why? A new star appeared in the sky.

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Pope's The Infancy Narratives completes his Jesus trilogy

Fr. Raymond de Souza

December 24, 2012

At his Angelus address on Dec. 9, Pope Benedict commented upon the Sunday Gospel, in which St. Luke carefully lists the various rulers, sacred and profane, when St. John the Baptist began his preaching.

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Public rallies because of respect for diversity

Gordon Self

December 24, 2012

In 1979 I befriended a young refugee family. They were one of thousands of "boat people" who fled their country after the Vietnam War. They were grateful for not only surviving the perilous journey on the sea but being able to settle in Canada where they have since flourished.

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Pope prays for victims of Newtown school shooting

December 24, 2012

After 20 children and six adults were shot dead in Connecticut, Pope Benedict offered his condolences and prayers, urging all to dedicate themselves to acts of peace in the face of such “senseless violence.”

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Climate talks disappoint development agencies

December 24, 2012

Representatives of Christian aid and development agencies expressed disappointment that, despite a Dec. 8 agreement among delegates at the UN climate talks to extend the Kyoto Protocol aimed at curbing greenhouse gas emissions, there was little urgency to quicken the pace to respond to climate change.

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Climate talks disappoint development agencies

December 24, 2012

Representatives of Christian aid and development agencies expressed disappointment that, despite a Dec. 8 agreement among delegates at the UN climate talks to extend the Kyoto Protocol aimed at curbing greenhouse gas emissions, there was little urgency to quicken the pace to respond to climate change.

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Oil giants help fund Vatican Nativity scene

December 24, 2012

Oil giants such as Total and Shell and other companies operating in southern Italy’s petroleum-rich Basilicata region footed the expenses for this year’s Nativity scene in St. Peter’s Square.

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Latin America faces demographic earthquake

December 24, 2012

Latin America is facing a demographic earthquake, and older adults are at the epicentre.

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