12/24/2013 4:06amA group of rights lawyers and churchgoers supporting a jailed Chinese Christian pastor were attacked by hired thugs on Christmas Eve at his house in central China, his wife and two lawyers said.
12/24/2013 5:37amThe crowd was small for a Christmastime church service, the atmosphere quiet and solemn. There were no joyous carols, no children dressed as nativity characters, no festive decorations.
12/24/2013 11:26amFor two thousand years, he has been worshipped and adored. Multitudes look to him each day. And yet nobody really knows the face of Jesus.
12/24/2013 3:01pmThe Vatican's official English-language translation of Pope Francis' prepared homily, to be delivered in Italian, during Christmas Eve Mass Tuesday in St. Peter's Basilica.
12/24/2013 3:43pmPope Francis lauded Jesus' humble beginning as a poor and vulnerable baby as he celebrated his first Christmas Eve Mass as pontiff Tuesday in St. Peter's Basilica.
12/24/2013 4:46pmPastor Mike Butzberger insists he only had holiday spirit in mind when his Florida church's marquee read: "Christmas _ Easier to spell than Hanukkah."