Black Hills Taize Christmas Service

The Black Hills Taize Christmas Service will be held tonight at 7 p.m. at the Holy Cross Chapel in Terra Sancta Retreat Center. The service will be admist candlelight and will feature prayer, meditative song and silence. 

Candlelight worship at Faith Lutheran 

Faith Lutheran Church in Rapid City will observe Christmas Eve with a candlelight worship service on Sunday at 5 p.m. The service will include special music and Holy Communion. 

Service lesson and carols at First Presbyterian 

First Presbyterian Church at 710 Kansas City Street will have a Service of Lessons and Carols at 10:00 a.m., and a Family Jazz Service with candlelight at 5:30 p.m. on Christmas Eve. Special music will begin 20 minutes prior to each service. 

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Pope appeals for freedom for 6 nuns abducted in Nigeria

Pope Francis is appealing for the liberation of six nuns who were kidnapped a month ago from their convent in Nigeria.

Francis made the appeal Sunday while addressing faithful in St. Peter's Square. He prayed that the nuns and "all the other persons who find themselves in this painful condition" be free in time to return home for Christmas. He then led the tourists and pilgrims in the square in prayer of the nuns.

He said he was joining in an appeal made by Nigeria's bishops for the six Sisters of the Eucharistic Heart of Christ, whom he said were kidnapped about a month ago from Iguoriakhi, Nigeria.

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