The Peace Pulpit: Shepherds lived a rough and difficult life. But they were the ones to receive the first message that the Son of God had entered into human history.
The Peace Pulpit: "I hope that as we spend this final week of preparation for celebrating the birth of Jesus, that we dwell for a while on Joseph."
Analysis: Pope Francis celebrates the anniversary of his papacy each year on the day the church celebrates St. Joseph's feast day. What connects the two men?
On the feast of St. Joseph, patron saint of the universal church and Jesus' earthly father, Pope Francis urged all dads in the world to stick by their children's side, teaching them, guiding them and loving them.
"I ask that you have the grace to be very close to your children, letting them grow, but being by their side. They need you, your presence, to be there, your love," the pope told fathers present in St. Peter's Square.