Vatican City, 23 December, 2020 / 11:00 am (ACI Africa).
Pope Francis said Wednesday that Christmas brings joy and strength that can remove the pessimism that has spread in human hearts as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.
“Christmas is the feast of love incarnate and born for us in Jesus Christ. He is the light of mankind shining in the darkness, giving meaning to human existence and to the whole of history,” Pope Francis said Dec. 23.
“Christmas invites us to reflect, on the one hand, on the drama of history, in which men and women, wounded by sin, ceaselessly search for truth, search for mercy and search for redemption; and, on the other hand, on the goodness of God, who has come towards us to communicate to us the truth that saves and to make us sharers in His friendship and His life,” the pope said.
Speaking via livestream from the Vatican’s Apostolic Palace due to the coronavirus pandemic, the pope said that he wanted to “offer some food for thought” as the world prepares for the celebration for Christmas.
Pope Francis invited people to spend some time in silence, contemplating Christ’s birth, in front of a nativity scene. He added that his apostolic letter on nativity scenes can aid in this act of reflection.