Banners unfurled as faithful share stories of five saints

A banner of Blessed Maria Rita Lopes Pontes hangs on the facade of St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican Oct. 10, 2019. (CNS photo/Junno Arocho Esteves)

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — The Vatican hung banners of the Catholic Church's newly canonized saints four days before the Mass that would officially recognize that they are in heaven with God.

First synod talks look at climate, priests, inculturation, Vatican says

Leah Rose Casimero, an indigenous representative from Guyana, leaves the first session of the Synod of Bishops for the Amazon at the Vatican Oct. 7, 2019.

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Climate change, water resources, inculturation, and indigenous practices were among the topics discussed during the first afternoon session of the Synod of Bishops for the Amazon.

Program provides children with small gifts, shares joy of Jesus' birth

Children at a school in Mathebonite, Haiti, hold up a "Box of Joy" they each received for Christmas in this undated photo.

BOCA RATON, Fla. (CNS) — The annual Box of Joy program "is an opportunity to consciously take time out of the busy holiday season to focus on serving others and sharing the joy of Jesus' birth," said the head of the Florida-based organization that sponsors it.