Friar Richard Riccioli placing the baby Jesus in the manger of the créche at Most Holy Trinity Church in Williamsburg. (Photo: Alicia Venter)

Faithful Can Receive an Indulgence in the Diocese

WILLIAMSBURG — To remind people of the true meaning of Christmas, St. Francis of Assisi made a decision 800 years ago that drastically revitalized Catholic tradition. In 1223, he gathered faithful to the town of Greccio, Italy, and staged, with animals, the first Nativity scene, reenacting the birth of Jesus Christ.  Now, in recognition of […]

Drawing Attention To a True Artist

For more than 40 years, Christmas at The Tablet meant only one thing — a John McAlinden illustration on the front-and-back page wraparound of the edition. Composed of thousands of individual names, the drawing would depict some piece of the story about the birth of Jesus. It might be a manger scene, or the visit of the Three Kings, or an angel blowing a trumpet.