Energy-efficient lights to adorn Vatican Christmas tree

The Vatican's Christmas tree will be adorned with energy-saving lights, the governing office of Vatican City said.

New York bishops meet pope at end of 'ad limina' visits

When Pope Francis met with bishops from New York state, he expressed his gratitude, recognizing the difficulties many of them were facing, said Bishop Edward Scharfenberger of Albany.

In darkness, bishops must be heralds of hope, Buffalo bishop says

The long nights and rain of November eventually lead to the expectation and joy of Advent and Christmas, which reminds people that Christian hope is the only way forward through difficult moments, said Bishop Richard J. Malone of Buffalo, New York.

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Economy lacking ethics leads to 'throwaway' culture, pope says

An economic system lacking any ethics leads to a "throwaway" culture of consumption and waste, Pope Francis said.

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