This is how Pope Francis will celebrate his 80th birthday

Vatican City (CNA/EWTN News) On Saturday, Dec. 17, Pope Francis will celebrate his 80th birthday, which he will spend doing what he normally does: offering Mass and meeting with various heads of State and members of the Roman Curia.


Cultivating true Christmas joy in a materialistic culture

Eighty-one percent of 18- to 25-year-olds surveyed in a Pew Research Center poll said “getting rich” was their generation's most important or second-most-important life goal. In a culture based so much on money and acquisition, young people can easily develop a materialistic mindset that puts possessions at the center of life.


What do you say to a homeless person? Advice from Catholic urban missionaries

DENVER, Colo. (CNA/EWTN News) ­— It’s a common sight at a city intersection. A man or a woman holds a cardboard sign: “Homeless, Hungry. Please Give. Anything Helps.”


Watch the new Christmas music video released by the Dominican friars

WASHINGTON (CNA/EWTN News) — If you are itching to welcome in the yuletide with Christmas carols, a new album released by the friars of the Dominican House of Studies in Washington, D.C. might just be the holiday tune you’ve been searching for.


Society's chef stays cool as cucumber turning out 4,500 meals daily

PHOENIX (CNS) – Chris Hoffman is cooking for 4,500 guests this holiday season, yet he's cool as a cucumber. "It should go well," he said. "We did it last year and it went very smoothly."