Pope Francis Chirstmas day address at St Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican.
The birth of Jesus “tells us that pain and evil are not the final word. To become resigned to violence and injustice would be to reject the joy and hope of Christmas.”
PopeFrancis, in #Christmas message, prays for peace in Syria, Iraq and Yemen, the Holy Land, Nagorno-Karabakh, eastern Ukraine, Burkina Faso, Mali, Niger, northern Moz
The birth of Jesus is the “newness” that enables us to be reborn each year and to find, in him, the strength needed to face every trial.
“May Christmas be an opportunity for all of us to rediscover the family as a cradle of life and faith, a place of acceptance and love, dialogue, forgiveness, fraternal solidarity and shared joy, a source of peace for all humanity.”
“At this moment in history, marked by the ecological crisis and grave economic and social imbalances only worsened by the coronavirus pandemic, it is all the more important for us to acknowledge one another as brothers and sisters.
“My thoughts at this moment turn to families: to those who cannot come together today & to those forced to remain at home.”
Pope Francis will step down before the end of the year, according to a source close to the Vatican, who said there was “no doubt” the Pontiff “will resign in 2020.”