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.

Honor martyrs, work for Christ's kingdom of peace, pope says in Nagasaki

people in Nagasaki at Pope's Mass

NAGASAKI, Japan (CNS) -- While the world knows Nagasaki as the site of a U.S. atomic bomb blast, for the Catholic Church it is also the site of one of the fiercest campaigns of anti-Christian persecution.