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Roma Downey's Little Angels
John Feister

The star of Touched by an Angel is back with angels for young parents.

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Las Posadas: A Mexican Christmas Tradition
PHOTOS BY DAVID MAUNG, TEXT BY CHRISTOPHER HEFFRON

Many parishes in the U.S. take to the streets in the spirit of Joseph and Mary.

When East Meets West
Marianne C. Sailus

The Ukrainian Catholic Church is Catholic but not Roman Catholic. What’s the difference?

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What All Catholics Should Know About Eastern Catholic Churches

Are Eastern Catholics Really Catholic?

Understanding How Icons Are Written

Christmas Light in Winter's Darkness
Kathleen M. Carroll

Ever wonder why we celebrate Christmas on December 25? Here's why.

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Brother Al and the Canticle Cafe
Text and photos by Marylynn Hewitt

A Franciscan brings a song of love to the streets of Detroit.

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Joseph of Arimathea and Nicodemus: The actions of these two influential Jewish leaders give insight into the charismatic power of Jesus and his teachings—and the risks that could be involved in following him.
<p><b>Joseph</b> was a respected, wealthy civic leader who had become a disciple of Jesus. Following the death of Jesus, Joseph obtained Jesus' body from Pilate, wrapped it in fine linen and buried it. For these reasons Joseph is considered the patron saint of funeral directors and pallbearers. More important is the courage Joseph showed in asking Pilate for Jesus' body. Jesus was a condemned criminal who had been publicly executed. According to some legends, Joseph was punished and imprisoned for such a bold act.
</p><p><b>Nicodemus</b> was a Pharisee and, like Joseph, an important first-century Jew. We know from John's Gospel that Nicodemus went to Jesus at night—secretly—to better understand his teachings about the kingdom. Later, Nicodemus spoke up for Jesus at the time of his arrest and assisted in Jesus' burial. We know little else about Nicodemus.
</p><p></p> American Catholic Blog Together with baptism, the other sacraments of initiation are Eucharist and confirmation. This trifecta makes us full members of the Church, like older children who can thoughtfully participate in all the elements of family life. But more than just milestones of belonging, these sacraments change our souls.

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