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 ...

Yule be all aglow at traditional Notting Hill pub

Dec 21, 2016

Yule be all aglow at traditional Notting Hill pub

A traditional English pub has been cloaked in more than 80 bright green Christmas trees while nearly 22,000 dazzling lights attract tourists and locals alike to the festive display in London. The lavish decorations adorning The Churchill Arms pub in the fashionable Notting Hill ...