While Christmas has become a universal holiday, even for many nonbelievers, its celebration always should focus on the reality that God sent his son into the world to save humanity, Pope Francis said.

Christmas must not be confused with "ephemeral things" that reduce the celebration of Christ's birth "to a merely sentimental or consumerist festival," the pope said Dec. 23 during his weekly general audience.

"Last Sunday, I called attention to this problem, underlining that consumerism has hijacked Christmas," he said, departing from his prepared remarks. "No! Christmas must not be reduced to just a sentimental or consumerist feast (that is) full of gifts and good wishes but poor in Christian faith and poor in humanity as well."

Interrupting his series of talks on prayer, the pope reflected on the celebration of Christmas and the need to curb its observance from a "certain worldly mentality, incapable of grasping the incandescent core of our faith."

 

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Posted by Ashley Wiltshire Thursday, December 24, 2020 10:31:00 AM

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