• Crowds gather around a Christmas tree Nov. 30 in Byblos, Lebanon. JAMAL SAIDI | REUTERS VIA CNS

    Christmas traditions around the world

    David "Tripp" Lincoln III, 4, adds patriotic bandanas to Christmas stockings at the "Be a Hero. Thank a Hero" event. JOE CASHWELL | FOR THE CATHOLIC HERALD

    Christmas stockings for the troops

    Pope Francis visits Fatima to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Marian apparitions. PAUL HARING | CNS

    Pope Francis in Fatima for 100th anniversary, canonization

    Girls’ cross country runners from local Catholic high schools compete at the WCAC Cross Country Championships at Lake Fairfax Park in Reston Oct. 29.  Joe Cashwell  |  Catholic Herald