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Benedict XVI: The essential meaning of Christmas

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Published on Dec 9, 2012

Pope Benedict XVI dedicated his Angelus reflections Sunday to John the Baptist. Speaking to pilgrims and visitors he said John is the voice that passes, Christ is the eternal Word from the beginning of time. Our aim today is to listen to that voice, to give space and welcome Jesus, the Word that saves us, to our hearts. In this time of Advent, let us prepare to see, with the eyes of faith, God's salvation in the humble stable in Bethlehem. In a consumerist society, where we seek joy in things, the Baptist teaches us to live in an essential way, so that Christmas is not only experienced as an outward celebration, but as the feast of the Son of God who came to bring peace, life and true joy to people.

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