Immaculate Conception is feast of hope for sinners, pope says

firefighter puts wreath on statue of Mary

VATICAN CITY (CNS) Mary, conceived without sin, is a "masterpiece" who reflects "the beauty of God who is all love, grace and self-giving," Pope Francis said on the feast of the Immaculate Conception.

Vatican unveils Nativity scene, lights Christmas tree

The Christmas tree sparkles after a lighting ceremony in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican Dec. 5, 2019

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — The Vatican unveiled the Nativity scene and lit the Christmas tree with energy-saving lights in St. Peter's Square during a late afternoon ceremony Dec. 5.

Beatification for Archbishop Sheen postponed

Archbishop Fulton Sheen

PEORIA, Ill. (CNS) — Bishop Daniel R. Jenky of Peoria said Vatican officials have told him that the upcoming beatification of Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen has been postponed.