Christmas time has arrived! Therefore, Pope Francis addressed his flock in the traditional papal blessing Urbi et Orbi. “What does that Child, born for us of the Virgin Mary, have to tell us? What is the universal message of Christmas? It is that God is a good Father and we are all brothers and sisters. This truth is the basis of the Christian vision of humanity. Without the fraternity that Jesus Christ has bestowed on us, our efforts for a more just world fall short, and even our best plans and projects risk being soulless and empty. For this reason, my wish for a happy Christmas is a wish for fraternity.” Read the entire speech to know how Pope Francis wishes this fraternity to specifically manifest itself in our current world stage.

Just in time for Christmas season, Pope Francis opens new clinic in the Vatican, staffed by volunteer health professionals, aimed at the health needs of the homeless population in Rome.

Contrary to the insinuations of papal critics, the Holy See commissioned investigation on McCarrick’s sexual abuse keeps moving forward.

Pope Francis makes Christmas visit to Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI. The pictures testify to the warm relationship between the two living pontiffs.

Papal dissenters have been spreading fake news about the Pope denying the Immaculate Conception. Fr. Matthew Schneider debunks those allegations by putting the Pope’s words in due context and by presenting papal quotes from other of his speeches where he clearly affirmed this dogma.

Where Peter Is wishes to all its readers a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!


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Pedro Gabriel, MD, is a Catholic layman and physician, born and residing in Portugal. He is a medical oncologist, currently employed in a Portuguese public hospital. A published writer of Catholic novels with a Tolkienite flavor, he is also a parish reader and a former catechist. He seeks to better understand the relationship of God and Man by putting the lens on the frailty of the human condition, be it physical and spiritual. He also wishes to provide a fresh perspective of current Church and World affairs from the point of view of a small western European country, highly secularized but also highly Catholic by tradition.

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