Friday, December 25, 2009

Pope Expresses Wish for Peace and Joy to All

Benedict XVI is expressing the wish that this Christmas, all people will find true happiness in the Baby Jesus.

The Pope affirmed this today after imparting the blessing "urbi et orbi" (to the city of Rome and the world).

Speaking in Italian to the faithful gathered in St. Peter's Square, as well as all those listening on radio and television, the Pontiff underlined the "new hope" brought by Christ's birth.

The contemplation of the "poor and lowly cave in Bethlehem," he said, can teach families and communities a "simple, transparent and welcoming way of life, full of gestures of love and forgiveness."

The Pontiff extended Christmas greetings in 65 languages. In English, he said: "May the birth of the Prince of Peace remind the world where its true happiness lies; and may your hearts be filled with hope and joy, for the Savior has been born for us."

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