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'A change came over my my town in the weeks between Thanksgiving and Christmas'

Why atheists love Christmas

Non-believers aren’t as different to Christians as they think they are, says Jennifer Fulwiler

The Passion of Jesus performed by the Wintershall Players in Trafalgar Square (PA)

The Incarnation is drama in the true sense of the Greek word

The Annunciation by Eugène Delacroix (1798-1863)

The promise of Advent embraces us all

Word this week: Fourth Sunday of Advent, 2 Sm 7: 1-5, 8-2 & 14; Rm 16: 25-27; Lk 1: 26-38 (Year B)

Mount Zion seen from the south by Victorian landscape painter Thomas Seddon

Second Sunday of Advent, ISAIAH 40: 1-5; 2 PETER 3: 8-14; MARK 1: 1-8 (Year B)

Pope Francis (AP)

Pope makes comments in homily at Domus Sanctae Marthae

Pope Francis (CNS)

Pope tells Malawi bishops to focus on families

An altarpiece showing the souls in purgatory at the Church of the Immaculate Conception in Santa Cruz de Tenerife

Purgatory exists even if we rarely talk about it

Pope Francis (AP)

Pope discusses the devil in morning homily at Domus Sanctae Marthae

Pope Francis (AP)

Francis also says Big Bang theory and evolution do not eliminate God’s existence

Pope Francis waves as he leads the Angelus prayer from the window of the Apostolic Palace on Sunday (CNS)

Francis spoke to 8,000 lay members of the international Schonstatt movement