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Britain’s Queen Elizabeth Delivers Christmas Greeting

Posted December 25th, 2012 at 1:10 pm (UTC-5)
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Britain’s Queen Elizabeth has delivered her first ever Christmas Day message in 3D. In her annual pre-recorded message, the queen paid tribute to the athletes and the “army of volunteers” that participated in the London Olympics and the Paralympics. “As London hosted a splendid summer of sport, all those who saw the achievement and courage […]

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Pope Benedict Calls for Peace in Troubled Regions

Posted December 25th, 2012 at 8:25 am (UTC-5)
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Pope Benedict has used his annual Christmas message to the world, calling for peace in global hot spots, including Syria. The pontiff prayed Tuesday that “peace would spring up for the people of Syria,” a country where tens of thousands have died in anti-government unrest. As he stood on the balcony of St. Peter’s Basilica […]

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South Korea Lights Border Christmas Tree

Posted December 23rd, 2012 at 1:10 am (UTC-5)
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South Korea has allowed a Christian group to light a massive steel Christmas tree tower near the country’s tense border with North Korea. The holiday display is thought to be in response to North Korea’s recent launching of a long-range rocket that South Korea and the U.S. say was a test of banned missile technology. […]

US First Lady Receives Official White House Christmas Tree

Posted November 23rd, 2012 at 3:20 pm (UTC-5)
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U.S. first lady Michelle Obama received the official White House Christmas tree Friday — an annual day-after-Thanksgiving tradition. Mrs. Obama inspected the tree with daughters Sasha and Malia and family dog Bo, after it was delivered on a horse-drawn carriage. A military band played the song, “O Christmas Tree” as the Obamas walked outside. The […]

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US First Lady Receives Official White House Evergreen

Posted November 23rd, 2012 at 3:00 pm (UTC-5)
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U.S. first lady Michelle Obama received the official White House Christmas tree Friday — an annual day-after-Thanksgiving tradition. Mrs. Obama inspected the tree with daughters Sasha and Malia and family dog Bo, after it was delivered on a horse-drawn carriage. The first lady leaned down to smell the nearly 5.8-meter fir tree, while 14-year-old Malia […]

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Orthodox Christians Celebrate Christmas

Posted January 6th, 2012 at 7:40 pm (UTC-5)
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Orthodox Christmas services got under way Friday as worshippers across the world prepared to commemorate the birth of Jesus Christ. Many Orthodox Christians, including Russians, Greeks, Serbs and Montenegrins, celebrate Christmas on January 7, according to an older calendar. Political leaders join citizens in religious services, including in former communist countries, such as Russia. Tradition […]

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Pope Benedict Calls for End to Syria Bloodshed in Christmas Message

Posted December 25th, 2011 at 12:45 pm (UTC-5)
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Pope Benedict has called for an end to the bloodshed in Syria and the resumption of Middle East peace talks, as Christians across the world celebrate Christmas — the birth of Jesus more than 2,000 years ago. In his annual “Urbi et Orbi” (to the city and the world) Christmas message, Benedict also offered prayers […]

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Pope Asks Faithful to Look Beyond Christmas ‘Glitter’

Posted December 24th, 2011 at 7:40 pm (UTC-5)
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As millions of Christians worldwide prepared to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ, Pope Benedict XVI decried the increasing commercialization of Christmas. At a Christmas Eve service in a packed St. Peter’s Basilica Saturday, the pontiff asked the faithful to look beyond the holiday’s superficial “glitter” to discover its true meaning. Meanwhile, tens of thousands […]

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Pope Asks Faithful to Look Beyond Christmas ‘Glitter’

Posted December 24th, 2011 at 6:45 pm (UTC-5)
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As millions of Christians worldwide prepared to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ, Pope Benedict XVI decried the increasing commercialization of Christmas. At a Christmas Eve service in a packed St. Peter’s Basilica Saturday, the pontiff asked the faithful to look beyond the holiday’s superficial “glitter” to discover its true meaning. Meanwhile, tens of thousands […]

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Christmas Greetings From President Obama and Family

Posted December 24th, 2011 at 3:50 pm (UTC-5)
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President Barack Obama and his family sent warm Christmas and New Year holiday greetings to all Americans Saturday, with a special message of thanks to U.S. troops for their service to the country. Mr. Obama’s wife, Michelle, appeared with him in a special holiday edition of the president’s weekly address to the nation, recorded at […]

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