Sunday, December 6, 2009

Church celebrates feast of St. Nicholas, the 'original' Santa Claus

Dec 6, 2009 (CNA).- Today, December 6, the faithful commemorate a bishop in the early church who was known for generosity and love of children. Born in Lycia in Asia Minor around the late third or fourth century, St. Nicholas of Myra is more than just the inspiration for the modern day Santa.

As a young man he is said to have made a pilgrimage to Palestine and Egypt in order to study in the school of the Desert Fathers. On returning some years later he was almost immediately ordained Bishop of Myra, which is now Demre, on the coast of modern day Turkey.

Read the full story here: Church celebrates feast of St. Nicholas, the 'original' Santa Claus

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