Pope Francis’s Christmas message: full text

Richard SontagUncategorized

Dear brothers and sisters, Happy Christmas! Christ is born for us, let us rejoice in the day of our salvation! Let us open our hearts to receive the grace of this day, which is Christ himself. Jesus is the radiant “day” which has dawned on the horizon of humanity. A day of mercy, in which God our Father has revealed … Read More

New York priest: ‘We don’t derive strength from fear’ about Starbucks Christmas cup controversy

Richard SontagNew Evangelization

I’m Father Rob Ketcham, the chaplain of Saint John the Baptist Diocesan High School in New York. I make short videos for the students at the school, and it was suggested that I make them available online. So I created petersboat.net where other categories have been added to the videos, all of which are directed toward my students and their … Read More

New York, Catholics, and a boatload of Christmases

WebmasterChurch News

The first Christmas tree placed in New York’s famed Rockefeller Plaza was done so during The Great Depression in 1931.  The official celebration of the lighting of the tree began two years later and has grown ever since.  Seeing these photos, the oldest and newest side-by-side, is nostalgic but also inviting.  It invites an even deeper look at Christmas history in New … Read More