Supporters, opponents clash over Dutch character Black Pete

World Nov 17, 2018

Supporters, opponents clash over Dutch character Black Pete

Scattered confrontations broke out Saturday between supporters and opponents of the divisive helper of the Dutch version of Santa Claus, police and media reported, amid a fierce and increasingly polarized debate about the helper known as Black Pete. White people often daub their faces with ...

Russian Orthodox mark Christmas in midnight Masses

World Jan 7, 2018

Russian Orthodox mark Christmas in midnight Masses

Orthodox Christian believers across Russia have crowded into churches for Christmas Eve midnight Masses. The Russian Orthodox, like several other Orthodox denominations, observe Christmas on Jan. 7. President Vladimir Putin attended a Mass at the Church of Sts. Simeon and Anna in St. Petersburg, his hometown. State ...

Tracing Christmas traditions to Scripture

World | FOCUS Dec 25, 2017

Tracing Christmas traditions to Scripture

by Rick Hamlin

When I taught Sunday school to a precocious bunch of fifth- and sixth-graders, I used to ask, "What about Christmas is not in the Bible?" They were quick to go for the obvious: Santa, the reindeer, stockings, the sleigh. "OK," I would say, "but what ...