GENERAL AUDIENCE : On Christmas, Lord Jesus’ Birth (FULL TEXT) | 12/27/2017 | ZENIT Staff
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This morning’s General Audience was held at 9:25 in Paul VI Hall, where the Holy Father Francis met with groups of pilgrims and faithful from Italy and from all over the world.

In his address in Italian, the Pope focused his meditation on the meaning of the Lord Jesus’ Birth, which Zenit has translated in its entirety below.

Catechesis - Languages - Holy - Father - Greetings

After summarizing his catechesis in several languages, the Holy Father expressed special greetings to groups of faithful present.

The General Audience ended with the singing of the Pater Noster and the Apostolic Blessing.

Dear - Brothers - Sisters - Morning

Dear Brothers and Sisters, good morning!

Today I would like to reflect with you on the meaning of the Lord Jesus’ Birth, which we are living these days in faith and in celebrations. The setting up of the Crib and, above all the liturgy, with its biblical Readings and its traditional songs, have made us relive “the today” in which “for us is born the Saviour, the Lord Christ” (Luke 2:11).

Times - Europe - Sort - Distortion - Christmas

In our times, especially in Europe, we are witnessing a sort of “distortion” of Christmas: in the name of a false respect that isn’t Christian, which often hides the will to marginalize faith, every reference to the birth of Jesus is eliminated from this feast. However, in reality this event is the only true Christmas! There is no Christmas without Jesus; there’s another feast, but it isn’t Christmas. And if He is at the center, then all the surroundings also, namely the lights, the sounds, the various local traditions, including the characteristic foods, all concur to create the atmosphere of celebration, but with Jesus at the center. If we take Him away, the light is extinguished and everything becomes false.

Through the proclamation of the Church, we, as Pastors of the Gospel (Cf. Luke 2:9), are guided to seek and to find the true light,...
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