Sunday, Dec. 18, is the Fourth Sunday in Advent.
On Dec. 18, Pope Benedict XVI will make a pastoral visit to Rebibbia Prison in Rome. At 10am, in the prison’s central church, the Pope will meet with the detainees and answer their questions. At 11:30am, before returning to the Vatican for the Angelus prayer, the Holy Father will bless a tree planted in memory of his visit.
On Dec. 22, the Pope will deliver his Christmas wishes to the Roman Curia, a “Vatican Christmas party” event that the Pope has distinguished with insightful cultural commentary.
2 Samuel 7:1-5, 8-11, 16; Psalm 89:2-5, 27, 29; Romans 16:25-27; Luke 1:26-38
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