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a bit of reading for Christmas Day

By Phil Lawler (bio - articles ) | Dec 25, 2006

Pope Benedict's Christmas homily at midnight Mass, a beautifully limpid meditation on the simplicity and humility of the Incarnate God, is available in full on the Vatican web site.

The Urbi et Orbi message, too. A quick sample:

But does a "Saviour" still have any value and meaning for the men and women of the third millennium ? Is a "Saviour" still needed by a humanity which has reached the moon and Mars and is prepared to conquer the universe; for a humanity which knows no limits in its pursuit of nature’s secrets and which has succeeded even in deciphering the marvellous codes of the human genome?

Phil Lawler has been a Catholic journalist for more than 30 years. He has edited several Catholic magazines and written eight books. Founder of Catholic World News, he is the news director and lead analyst at See full bio.

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  • Posted by: - Dec. 25, 2006 10:37 PM ET USA

    Ok I admit it. I did not know what limpid meant. adjective: (of language) transparently clear; easily understandable (Example: "Writes in a limpid style") You had me worried for a minute