During the Angelus prayer on Christmas Eve, Pope Francis appealed not to confuse the holidays with consumerism and recommended simplicity and sharing with those in need. He encouraged people to think about the war-affected areas, Palestine, Israel and Ukraine. – We are close to our brothers and sisters suffering from the war, he said.
Addressing thousands of people gathered in St. Peter’s Square at noon on Sunday, the pope said: – I wish everyone a good Sunday, a Christmas Eve in prayer, in the warmth of affection and sobriety. Let me make one recommendation: let’s not confuse the holiday with consumerism.
– You can and – being a Christian – should celebrate in simplicity, without waste. By sharing with those who lack what they need or companionship, Francis added.
He then assured: – We are close to our brothers and sisters suffering because of the war. – Let’s think about Palestine, Israel, Ukraine. Let us also think about those who suffer from poverty, hunger and slavery. May God, who accepted the human heart, awaken humanity in people’s hearts, the pope said.
In his reflections before the prayer, he pointed out the importance of kindness in relationships between friends, fiancées, spouses, parents and children. He encouraged us to think about marginalized people and those who are far from the joy of Christmas these days.
At 7:30 p.m., midnight mass will begin in St. Peter’s Basilica, led by Francis.
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