(ANSA) – Vatican City, December 21 – Pope Francis in his general audience on Wednesday said that Bethlehem was chosen as Jesus’s birthplace because it’s “not a capital, and therefore preferred by divine providence, which likes to act through the small and the humble”.
He said that, in its simplicity, the Christmas crib sends a message of hope.
“That’s why it’s important to look at the Christmas crib, to stop a bit and see how much hope there is in these people,” Pope Francis said.

(ANSA) – Bari, December 27 – The local chapter of the Catholic Action (AC) group on Tuesday voiced support for a Puglia priest at the centre of a row over his unsuccessful bid to hold a memorial Mass for a Canadian ‘Ndrangheta mafia boss killed in Quebec in May.
AC said it was “close” to Father Michele Delle Foglie, slammed for trying to pay homage to boss Rocco Sollecito, and urged its members to remember him and the small community of Grumo Appula in their prayers.