Baby Jesus reminds us of painful plight of migrants, pope says

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — The Christmas tree and Nativity scene are symbols of God's love and hope, reminding us to contemplate the beauty of creation and welcome the marginalized, Pope Francis said.

Amid the darkness, hold fast to light of hope, pope says

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Christian hope is not the same as being optimistic about the future, but it is knowing that whatever dark or frightening things are going on in one's life, God is there offering protection and light, Pope Francis said.

New center shows Church's ongoing commitment to immigrants, says bishop

MCALLEN, Texas (CNS) — Blessing the ground for a new respite center in McAllen is a sign of the Catholic Church's commitment to be available and helpful to immigrant families, who "are enduring many, many tragic situations in their lives," said Brownsville Bishop Daniel E. Flores.