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Merry Christmas and happy new year Dear brothers and sisters, the solemnity of Holy Christmas, that we are about to celebrate, invites us once again to discern, in the many "scenographies" of this …More
Merry Christmas and happy new year

Dear brothers and sisters, the solemnity of Holy Christmas, that we are about to celebrate, invites us once again to discern, in the many "scenographies" of this Christmas time, what are details to focus our attention on what is essential, even if it is often invisible to the eyes and can only be seen by a pure heart.

In fact, Holy Christmas invites us to welcome Jesus, the Son of God who, born some two thousand years ago in Bethlehem of Mary, wants to be born and grow in our hearts every day ...

To welcome Jesus into our hearts means to welcome the love of God that leads us to "come out of ourselves" to overcome the hatred that exists in the world; it means accepting the Light of God that "dazzles" us and that allows us to oppose the darkness that surrounds the world; it means welcoming the fire of compassion that God gives us to melt the ice of indifference present in the world ...

The Christian can make the difference in the world because, like Saint Paul, he can affirm that "I no longer live, but Christ lives in me! And Christ, dear brothers and sisters, is the only Savior of the world!

“Without Jesus there is no Christmas, there is another party, but not Christmas… If Christ is in the center, then also the whole celebration, the lights, sounds, various local traditions, including the characteristic foods, all combine to create the atmosphere of the celebration properly, but only when Jesus is at the center… If we take away Him, the light goes out and everything becomes fake,” Pope Francis, December 27, 2017