Tag Archives: Christmas

Vatican Nativity scene unveiled

VATICAN CITY — The Vatican unveiled its Nativity scene in St. Peter’s Square at dusk on Christmas Eve. Workmen dropped a white curtain, and a few hundred camera flashes went off as a Vatican police band played. The scene changes a … Continue reading

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A few changes for the pope’s midnight Mass

VATICAN CITY — Like anyone preparing a traditional Christmas celebration, the pope’s master of liturgical ceremonies said he wants the venerable, tried and true elements to speak to people’s hearts as if they were brand new. On Monday Msgr. Guido … Continue reading

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“Merry Christmas” in Chinese

  VATICAN CITY — Every year, Vatican Radio offers Chinese Catholics around the world two special broadcasts of midnight Mass on Christmas Day. First it will air live over shortwave and the Internet Mass from the radio’s chapel at 7 p.m. Rome time, which … Continue reading

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The cardinal’s multimedia “Christmas Puzzle”

ROME — It could easily be called “The Christmas Puzzle,” but in its only concession to formality, Cardinal Dionigi Tettamanzi’s Christmas letter to children in the Archdiocese of Milan is titled “God So Loved the World.” The letter doesn’t look … Continue reading

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Even at the Vatican, it’s beginning to feel a bit like …

VATICAN CITY — Although shops in Italy will not haul out all of their Christmas decorations until Advent begins Nov. 30, the Vatican seems to be on the North American preparation schedule. Vatican workers, equipped with hard hats and tool … Continue reading

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