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WATCH: Pope Francis’ Christmas Message and Urbi et Orbi Blessing

Starting at 4:50am eastern time, watch the Pope's annual Christmas message LIVE.

Saving Grace, Christian Mission

The crib and the rest of the Christmas tableau can be the starting point for mission, when Christmas is lived and celebrated through the world-transforming experience of Easter.

On Not Having a Martha Stewart Christmas

Sometimes the greatest Christmas gifts come wrapped in mishap and disaster.

Reclaiming the Wonder of Christmas

It is not about exam cram and ugly sweater parties before returning home for break, nor Christmas shopping and out-decorating neighbors, but about waiting in blessed hope for the coming of Christ.

The “Word Became Man Among Men”

In Christ, God was literally "fleshed out" for us - and that fact changes everything.

The Empty Manger

The emptiness of the world before Christ, and the human heart without him, is echoed by the blank spaces all over the West where children should be.

Why the Christmas Tree Is Christian

A story of Old England and Germany

Pope Francis Gives Christmas Blessing to Roman Curia

The Pontiff emphasizes the importance of holiness, professionalism and service in the Curia

Twelve Songs of Christmas

Christmas doesn't start with Halloween, but it also doesn't end with New Year's. Here's the Christmas playlist you need to take you all the way to Epiphany.

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