• The author of the Letter to the Hebrews wrote, "Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us rid ourselves of every burden and sin that clings to us and...

    First-grader Angelina Wuerz, dressed as St. Angela, giggles as she and her classmates at St. Patrick School in Smithtown, N.Y., process from the school to an All Saints' Day Mass in the parish church Nov. 1, 2019.

    First-grader Angelina Wuerz, dressed as St. Angela, giggles as she and her classmates at St. Patrick School in Smithtown, N.Y., process from the school to an All Saints' Day Mass in the parish church Nov. 1, 2019. There are many ways children can celebrate All Saints’ Day, from dressing up as a saint, to watching a movie about a saint or reading a book or comic book about the lives of the saints. (CNS photo by Gregory A. Shemitz)

  • The social encyclical Pope Francis released in...

     In this 2018 file photo, peace activists hold a Catholic prayer service of repentance near the White House for the use of nuclear weapons on Japan during World War II.

    In this 2018 file photo, peace activists hold a Catholic prayer service of repentance near the White House for the use of nuclear weapons on Japan during World War II. As the encyclical "Fratelli Tutti, on Fraternity and Social Friendship” concludes, Pope Francis prays that God will "inspire in us a dream of renewed encounter, dialogue, justice and peace." (CNS photo by Tyler Orsburn)

  • Pope Francis, in his new encyclical "Fratelli Tutti, on Fraternity and Social Friendship," explores what it means to be a good neighbor.

    Katelyn Vandenhandel, 13, a student at St. Nicholas School in Freedom, Wis., passes a collection basket during Ash Wednesday Mass at St. Nicholas Church Feb. 26, 2020.

    Katelyn Vandenhandel, 13, a student at St. Nicholas School in Freedom, Wis., passes a collection basket during Ash Wednesday Mass at St. Nicholas Church Feb. 26, 2020. To implement the teaching of Pope Francis’ new encyclical "Fratelli Tutti, on Fraternity and Social Friendship," use your resources to support those in need. (CNS photo by Sam Lucero/ The Compass)

  • Ashraf Jaraysa poses in his family's olive wood workshop in the village of Beit Sahour that neighbors Bethlehem in the West Bank.

    Ashraf Jaraysa poses in his family's olive wood workshop in the village of Beit Sahour that neighbors Bethlehem in the West Bank. (CNS photo by Judith Sudilovsky)

    Dec 19, 2019
  • Panettone has a deep history and millions of the distinctive pastry are made in Italy prior to Christmas Eve.

    Panettone has a deep history and millions of the distinctive pastry are made in Italy prior to Christmas Eve. (CNS photo by Nancy Wiechec)

    Dec 19, 2019
  • Figures of Mary and Joseph fleeing to Egypt after the birth of Jesus are seen in a display created by Father Alberto Curbelo at St. Francis de Sales Church in St. Paul, Minn.

    Figures of Mary and Joseph fleeing to Egypt after the birth of Jesus are seen in a display created by Father Alberto Curbelo at St. Francis de Sales Church in St. Paul, Minn.(CNS photo by Dave Hrbacek/The Catholic Spirit)

    Dec 19, 2019
  • In this 2009 file photo, icicles are seen as the sun sets on a frigid day in Rochester, N.Y.

    In this 2009 file photo, icicles are seen as the sun sets on a frigid day in Rochester, N.Y. (CNS file by Mike Crupi/Catholic Courier)

    Dec 18, 2019
  • In the Advent season, we hear of Mary becoming pregnant, traveling to see her kinswoman Elizabeth, and finally journeying to Bethlehem with Joseph to give birth in a barn.

    In the Advent season, we hear of Mary becoming pregnant, traveling to see her kinswoman Elizabeth, and finally journeying to Bethlehem with Joseph to give birth in a barn. (CNS photo by Bob Roller)

    Dec 13, 2019
  • A depiction of St. John the Baptist baptizing Jesus at the Jordan River is seen in a stained-glass window at St. Paul Church in Wilmington, Del.

    A depiction of St. John the Baptist baptizing Jesus at the Jordan River is seen in a stained-glass window at St. Paul Church in Wilmington, Del. (CNS photo by Octavio Duran)

    Dec 01, 2019

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