Christmas

The Silent Night Chapel, which is in the town of Oberndorf in the Austrian state of Salzburg, is a monument to the Christmas carol "Silent Night." The chapel stands on the site of the former St. Nikola Church, where on Christmas Eve in 1818 the carol was performed for the first time. (CNS photo/courtesy www.stillenacht.com)

Chapel memorializing ‘Silent Night’ continues to draw tourists

The Christmas song “Stille Nacht” (“Silent Night”) may have put the town of Oberndorf, Austria, on the map, but it’s the chapel memorializing the beloved carol that is the town’s main attraction.

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A girl prays in St. Mary's Catholic Church in the Ban Mai Nai Soi refugee camp in Thailand Sept. 27, 2022. The camp is home to thousands of refugees from Myanmar; many Myanmar Christians remain in their country but have fled their villages and live in camps. (CNS photo/Paul Jeffrey)

Myanmar Christians prepare to spend second Christmas in camps

A Christmas of darkness, silence and fear awaits thousands of Christians in camps for internally displaced persons in Myanmar, where carols, decorations and illuminations are banned because of ongoing conflicts.

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Nativity scene

Dear Reader: Christ among Us

For St. Francis, the Nativity scene represented a human connection with Christ. May it serve as a reminder to us today to be witnesses to the miracle of Christmas and what that means in our lives.

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