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How to have a fruitful Advent, according to St. John Paul II

Through his many homilies and audiences, John Paul II left a blueprint for a blessed Advent.

Pope asks kids (and all of us): Are you a bully or a peacemaker?

And Francis suggests a simple first step for becoming a peacemaker in imitation of the Prince of Peace

Nativity sets from around the world tell the same “greatest story ever told”

These handmade crêches present Jesus’ birth as seen through different cultural lenses.

Pray for strength against evil with this Advent prayer of Benedict XVI

May the light overcome the darkness this Advent season.

The spiritual roots of a fascinating Polish Advent tradition

In some areas of Poland, Advent was heralded in by this curious musical instrument.

Here’s why Advent isn’t just for religious people

When we celebrate it fully, Christmas becomes even better ...

A special Advent prayer to maintain a spirit of silence and peace

The prayer captures the essence of Advent and helps prepare for Christmas.

Prepare for Christmas every day by reading these short scripture passages

The Church provides for us a rich selection of readings for each day leading up to Christmas.

Advent is the perfect season for procrastibaking

A form of procrastination, baking can be the catalyst you need to be both peaceful and productive.

7 Old Testament prophets who prepared the way for Christmas Day

Jesus' coming was foretold many years before his birth by these biblical prophets.

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