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Published on Jan 7, 2011
"The feast of Christmas is as fascinating today as before, because everyone in some way senses that the birth of Jesus has to do with the deepest aspirations and hopes of all men." The words of Benedict XVI today during his first general audience of 2011. Beyond consumerism, he said, which "can distract us from this inner longing", we have, with "the liturgical celebrations of these days," once again "lived the mysterious but real entrance of the Son of God in the world." And Christmas, the Pope explained, is "the beginning of the central mystery of salvation that culminates in the passion, death and resurrection, because Jesus begins to offer himself for love from the first moment of his human existe ...