During services on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, Pope Francis, leader of 1.2 million Roman Catholics worldwide, called for peace in the world's conflict zones and also addressed the gap between the rich and poor.
Highlights from Week 15 action across the NFL including the Seattle Seahawks taking on the Los Angeles Rams, the Miami Dolphins traveling to the New York Jets, the New York Giants hosting the Detroit Lions, and more.
The Church of Nativity, where many Christians believe Jesus Christ was born, in Bethlehem, West Bank, is currently undergoing a major renovation. The Palestinian Presidential Committee for the Restoration of the Nativity Church commenced a massive rehabilitation of the church with the blessings of the Catholic, Greek Orthodox and Armenian Churches, in September 2013. The work is being done by Piacenti, an Italian restoration company, and should be completed in 2018.
Chris Pratt and Jennifer Lawrence's sci-fi romance Passengers premiered in Los Angeles on Wednesday. Pratt and Lawrence, who were joined on the red carpet by Anna Faris, Michael Sheen, and Sarah Silverman, star as strangers aboard a spaceship who find love amid disaster.
LeBron James was honored as the 2016 Sports Illustrated Sportsperson of the Year alongside special guest Michael Phelps and 2016 Sports Illustrated Muhammad Ali Legacy Award Winners Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Jim Brown and Bill Russell during a ceremony at the Barclays Center on December 12, 2016 in New York City.
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