1. Pope Francis, or at least an artist depiction of him doing a snow angel, is on the cover of the New Yorker. It also features several pieces on the pontiff, who was named "Person of the Year" last week by Time Magazine.
2. So many people are singing Christmas Carols this time of the year. One of the neatest, additions to the U.S. bishops' Website site is the Festival of Lessons and Carols. It's is a service of Scripture and song that dates to the late 19th century. In this service, we listen to nine Scripture lessons which recount the Fall, the promise of a Messiah, the Incarnation, and the Great Commission to preach the Good News. Each lesson is followed by a carol or other song that reflects on the lesson's message and a brief prayer.
3. Did you see the Vatican Christmas Tree lighting?
4. The associate general secretary of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, Monsignor J. Brian Bransfield, has authored a book, “Meeting Jesus Christ: Meditations on the Word,” a book on prayer and a series of meditations on the Gospels.
5. God loves you.