Study: Number of Americans who view Christmas as religious keeps eroding

WASHINGTON (CNS) — The percentage of Americans who see Christmas as a religious holiday continues to slide across nearly all demographic lines.

On his birthday, Pope Francis hosts pizza party for sick children

Vatican City (CNA/EWTN News) - Pope Francis celebrated his 81st birthday with a pizza party for sick children Sunday, reflecting on the joy of children and the importance that they are raised with the faith.

The weary world rejoices: Nativity scenes bring joy to hardened hearts

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — The Nativity scene in St. Peter's Square is not getting rave reviews: The backdrop does not look like a stable and the characters in need — hungry, naked, dead, imprisoned — don't exactly evoke a silent night when all was cozy, calm and bright.