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Indiana town embodies Santa Claus and his spirit of love, peace, joy

Belief in that iconic Christmas figure, the rotund merry man with a bag full of presents, inspires thousands of children to write letters addressed to "Santa Claus" each year.

Italian mosaic artist’s dream realized with completion of Trinity Dome

Giovanni Travisanutto's mosaic career began when he was an 11-year-old boy standing on a step stool to reach the workbench at the mosaic school in Spilimbergo, Italy.

Shrine rector sees Trinity Dome Mosaic as work of art, work of faith

In the years since its 1959 dedication, the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception has had three main architectural focal points: on the exterior, its Great Dome and Knights Tower over the northeast Washington skyline, and in the interior, its dramatic Christ in Majesty Mosaic behind the main altar.

A grandma’s wish, a teen’s search: Visitation senior confirmed before Christmas

“All I wanted to do was further cultivate my relationship with my Creator,” Julia Carlone wrote in a reflection. “Suddenly I had a solution: confirmation.” 

Symposium speaker shares personal journey with gender dysphoria

As a child growing up in the Los Angeles area in the 1940s, Heyer spent a lot of time with his grandmother, who babysat him. At age 4, Heyer became curious about the chiffon and lace she used as a seamstress, about the clothes she made and about being a girl.

Contact sports: Vatican official connects the church and athletes

After more than four years in office, Pope Francis probably has one of the world's largest collections of authentic soccer-team shirts. He receives them and other sports paraphernalia during meetings with pro athletes where he encourages them to be models of virtue for their younger fans.

New York Archdiocese pays $40 million to clergy sexual abuse victims

The Archdiocese of New York has resolved claims from 189 victims of clergy sexual abuse in the amount of $40 million.

The ‘bitter pill’ of false liberation

A major study published on December 7 in the New England Journal of Medicine concludes that hormonal contraception increases the risk of breast cancer for women. The research used all of Denmark as its sample, following nearly 1.8 million Danish women of childbearing age for over a decade.

Vatican renews call for peace, negotiated solution on Jerusalem

Following days of violence and backlash after U.S. President Donald Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, the Vatican appealed for "wisdom and prudence" to prevail.

God does not lead us into temptation, Satan does, pope says

The Italian and English translations of the "Our Father" can give believers the wrong impression that God can and does lead people into temptation, Pope Francis said.