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China pastor's supporters beaten on Christmas Eve

12/24/2013 4:06am
A 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.

Churches offer 'Blue Christmas' for those in need

12/24/2013 5:37am
The 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.

The race of Jesus: Unknown, yet powerful

12/24/2013 11:26am
For two thousand years, he has been worshipped and adored. Multitudes look to him each day. And yet nobody really knows the face of Jesus.

Text of pope's Christmas Eve prepared homily

12/24/2013 3:01pm
The 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.

Pope on Christmas Eve lauds Jesus' 'humble' start

12/24/2013 3:43pm
Pope 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.

Church signs roll the dice getting hip with quips

12/24/2013 4:46pm
Pastor Mike Butzberger insists he only had holiday spirit in mind when his Florida church's marquee read: "Christmas _ Easier to spell than Hanukkah."

Pope ushers in his first Christmas at Vatican

12/24/2013 10:34pm
Pope Francis has ushered in his first Christmas as pontiff, likening Jesus' birth to a burst of light on the sometimes dark moments of human history, marked by pride and ambition.