Dec 28, 2016

'Grinch couple' broke into Mississippi home, ate Christmas treats

Referring to two suspects as the “Grinch couple,” a Mississippi sheriff says a man and a woman broke into a home and ate the homeowners’ Christmas treats before fleeing. Rankin County Sheriff Bryan Bailey said in a news release that the homeowners called police ...

Christmas Eve brings pilgrims to Bethlehem, fears in Europe

Dec 25, 2016

Christmas Eve brings pilgrims to Bethlehem, fears in Europe

Christian leaders from the Vatican to Bethlehem struck a sombre note on Christmas Eve speaking of war, fear and division, as cities in Europe ramped up security in the shadow of the Berlin market attack. At the Vatican, Pope Francis urged the world’s 1.2 ...

Japan's first Christmas

Dec 24, 2016

Japan's first Christmas

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In a letter home to Portuguese brethren, Jesuit missionary Pedro de Alcacova writes of singing a Mass to Japanese believers in 1552: “Our voices weren’t good,” he recalls, “still the Christian believers rejoiced.” It was Christmas Eve in Yamaguchi, and the patience, if not ...

'Santa Claus isn't coming,' recession-hit Venezuelans tell kids

Dec 23, 2016

'Santa Claus isn't coming,' recession-hit Venezuelans tell kids

As a harrowing economic crisis makes food scarce for millions of Venezuelans, many families cannot buy their children Christmas presents, decorate their home, or even host a holiday dinner. The oil-rich country is suffering the third year of a recession that has sparked product ...