09Dec What Francis said to the Dutch bishops

Joshua J. McElwee reports in NCR on the pope's ad limina meeting with the Dutch bishops, where pope and bishops sat in a circle together. Read original article and comments here

09Dec Bidding Prayers for Immaculate Conception (9 December)

Catholics gather today to celebrate the beginning of the life of Mary the Mother of Jesus, free from sin from the moment she was conceived.

09Dec 9th December. The Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Background to the Feast