BENEDICT XVI: CHRISTMAS IS NOT ONLY "THE BIRTH OF A GREAT FIGURE"

"At Christmas, we don’t limit ourselves to commemorate the birth of a great figure; we do not celebrate in abstract terms the mystery of human birth, nor do we celebrate the mystery of life or the beginning of the new season. At Christmas, we celebrate something far more concrete and important to human beings, something essential to Christian faith, a truth that St John summed up in these words: ‘the Word became flesh’." Some 5,000 faithful gathered in Paul VI Hall to attend Pope Benedict XVI today’s audience which was completely dedicated to Christmas. "Christmas is the feast that sings the gift of life, is the meeting with a child who wails in a stable," said the Pope turning his thoughts to all the children "who are still born in poverty in many regions of the world, to unborn and rejected babies, to those who cannot survive for lack of care and attention, to families who would like to experience the joy of a child but their hope is not fulfilled." (continued)

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