Friday, December 26, 2008

Benedict XVI: Bethlehem reflects on each child

God is with men who attend to and follow his word, only if man changes will the world change. This was the Christmas message of Benedict XVI delivered in his homily at the Midnight Mass, an intense celebration of the ancient Kalenda chant announcing the birth of the Savior. In St. Peter's Basilica before the cardinals, archbishops and bishops, the Diplomatic Corps, and the faithful, the Pope raised an appeal that Bethlehem reflect upon every child: on street children, child soldiers, exploited children, those without family. We must do everything possible to end the suffering of these children, because evil can be won. Christmas is hope, as the trees that bring cheer to homes demonstrate: look to Christ who comes. And bring an end to hatred and violence in the land where Jesus was born, the Middle East.

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