Pope Benedict XVI Criticizes commercialization of Christmas

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The pope expressed his regrets during the Christmas Eve Mass on Saturday night at the Vatican.

 

Pope Benedict the XVI has decried what he described as the increasing commercialization of Christmas.

The pope expressed his regrets during the Christmas Eve Mass on Saturday night at the Vatican.

In his homily, Pope Benedict lamented that Christmas has become an increasingly commercial celebration that clouds the simplicity of the message of Christ’s birth.

He said Christians should instead ask the Lord to help them see through the superficial glitter of this season, and to discover behind it the child in the stable in Bethlehem, so as to find true joy and true light.

Christmas eve service was celebrated at 10:00pm instead of the usual mid-night, to allow the 84-year-old pontiff avoid a late night that is followed by the Christmas Day speech.

Today, the pope is expected to deliver his traditional Christmas speech. He’s also due to deliver Christmas greetings in dozens of languages.

 

 

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