Don't be afraid to ask for things from God in prayer, pope says

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — No one should be afraid to turn to God with prayer, especially in times of great doubt, suffering and need, Pope Francis said.

Feast of Immaculate Conception does not get weekend dispensation


WASHINGTON (CNS) — Just last year, Catholics were required to attend separate Masses two days in a row for the Sunday obligation and Monday's Christmas Mass. Now, they have a similar opportunity this year with the feast of the Immaculate Conception falling on a Saturday — Dec. 8.

Christmas spirit in the air as Vatican unveils Nativity scene, tree

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — The annual unveiling of the Vatican's Christmas tree and Nativity scene brought some much-needed warmth to people's hearts as winter approached.