Cries of joy and seasonal hymns once again filled St. Paul's Cathedral in Mosul as Christmas Mass was celebrated there for the first time in three and a half years, following the northern Iraqi city's liberation from Islamic State militants.

The leader of the Catholic Church in Myanmar has called on his nation to urgently “heal the wounds, seek comprehensive reconciliation” and “repay hatred with redemptive love”.

If Jesus is at the centre, there can still be a 'party atmosphere' with the lights, sounds, local traditions and foods. 'All combine to create a party atmosphere, but with Jesus at the centre. If we take away Him, the light goes out and everything becomes fake,' said Pope Francis

Indonesia has planned to deploy 250,000 security personnel across the country ahead of Christmas and New Year celebrations, particularly in Christian-majority areas.

 In his homily at Midnight Mass at Westminster Cathedral, Cardinal Nichols said that in this current age “there is a mood, an insistence, that the most important thing for each of us is to live by the strength of our own convictions.”


Her Majesty the Queen has said that it is “Jesus Christ’s generous love and example” that has inspired her through “good times and bad” in her Christmas message.

Pope Francis prayed today for the children who "continue to suffer" because of tensions between Israelis and Palestinians, and wars in Syria, Iraq, Africa and elsewhere. In his Christmas Day Urbi et Orbi address, Pope Francis also criticised the "outdated model of development" that continues to produce decline in society.


God is present in the unwelcomed visitor, often unrecognisable, who walks through our cities and our neighbourhoods, who travels on our buses and knocks on our doors, Pope Francis said in his homily at Midnight Mass.

Gingrich met privately with the pope Dec. 22 after introducing her husband, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, and members of her staff.


The former Abbot of Ealing Abbey, Laurence Soper, who abused boys at a Catholic-run school in the 1970s and 80s has been sentenced to 18 years in prison.


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