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First known Nativity scene figurines are on display in Rome

Nativity scene commissioned by Pope Nicholas IV in 1292. Credit: Daniel Ibanez/CNA. / null

Rome Newsroom, Dec 27, 2022 / 10:00 am (CNA).

The first known Nativity scene figurines are housed in the Basilica of St. Mary Major.

PHOTOS: Italian play recalls St. Francis’ Nativity in Greccio

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Rome Newsroom, Dec 27, 2022 / 08:50 am (CNA).

On Dec. 26, actors in Greccio, Italy put on a play telling the story of how St. Francis of Assisi created the first living Nativity scene.

The Glastonbury Thorn: a resurrected symbol of Christmas

A stamp printed in United Kingdom in 1999 shows image of the dedicated to the Glastonbury Holy Thorn. / MarkauMark / Shutterstock

St. Louis, Mo., Dec 26, 2022 / 08:00 am (CNA).

The English town of Glastonbury is home to a special tree — a hawthorn that blooms every Christmas and again in May.

Cardinal says Rome diocese learned ‘recently’ of Fr. Rupnik accusations

[L] A screenshot of Father Marko Rupnik giving a talk in February 2022 and [R] Cardinal Angelo De Donatis in 2021. / Credit: [L] Youtube account of the Diocese of Rome and [R] Daniel Ibanez/CNA

Rome Newsroom, Dec 24, 2022 / 04:00 am (CNA).

The Diocese of Rome “assures, also in the name of its Bishop, every support necessary for the desirable positive solution of the case…”

St. Francis and the story of the first Nativity scene

Fresco by Giotto of St. Francis of Assisi embracing the Child Jesus at Christmas Mass in Greccio in 1223, located in the Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi in Assisi, Italy. / Public domain

Rome Newsroom, Dec 23, 2022 / 08:00 am (CNA).

One of the world’s most beloved saints, St. Francis cared deeply for God’s creation. He also loved Christmas, the feast of the Nativity of Our Lord.

Meet Sister Bernadette, the most recently-cured person at Lourdes

Eighty-three-year-old Sister Bernadette Moriau of France speaks about her miraculous cure following her visit to the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Lourdes, Dec. 18, 2022. / Credit: YouTube screenshot taken via 60 Minutes

Washington, D.C. Newsroom, Dec 22, 2022 / 15:45 pm (CNA).

The religious sister, suffering from a nerve disorder affecting her lower spine, was persuaded by her doctor to take a pilgrimage to Lourdes in southern France.

A double Christmas for Ukrainian Christians? Orthodox Church opens a door

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Denver, Colo., Dec 22, 2022 / 10:45 am (CNA).

Traditionally, Christmas in predominantly Orthodox Ukraine comes on Jan. 7. But some of Ukraine’s Orthodox Christians can now add Dec. 25 to the festivities.

‘They’re epic battles’: Croatian nun discusses relationship between spiritual life, soccer

Sister Marija Zrno (on the left) and members of her community of nuns supporting Croatia at the 2022 World Cup. / Credit: Courtesy of Sister Marija Zrno

ACI Prensa Staff, Dec 21, 2022 / 12:30 pm (CNA).

Sister Marija Zrno cares for young people but is also known for her knowledge of soccer and has sometimes shared her sports analysis on television channels.

Woman arrested by English police for silent prayer near abortion facility

Isabel Vaughan-Spruce / ADF UK

CNA Newsroom, Dec 21, 2022 / 07:20 am (CNA).

As part of her bail conditions, restrictions have been placed on her participating in public prayer.

Former bishop of French Guyana guilty of sex abuse, Vatican court says

Bishop Emmanuel Lafont (center) addresses the crowd during a protest against same-sex marriage in Cayenne, French Guyana, on Jan. 12, 2013. / Photo credit JODY AMIET/AFP via Getty Images

Denver, Colo., Dec 20, 2022 / 15:45 pm (CNA).

Bishop Emeritus Emmanuel Lafont of Cayenne, French Guyana, has been found guilty of sexual abuse in a canonical court and banned from public ministry.