Young Voices: The most joyful room I was in this year was a church packed with mourners at a funeral. It was also saddest room I was in this year.
NCR Today: Vatican releases second synod questionnaire; a realistic portrait of St. Nicholas; France bans nativity scenes; retirement care for religious
As Advent got underway, Pope Francis included in his morning Mass homilies specific graces Catholics should pray for as they prepare for Christmas.
We have given ourselves over to a culture of abundance, having not just enough, but more than enough. It's important to think about how we might simplify our lives.
Here's a tale for Advent. It brings together friend and family -- a religious sister and a young composer -- prodigious talent all around.
Advent: Many find themselves in a tug of war as the church calls them to embrace Advent and the culture rushes pell-mell to Christmas.