Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Spread joy of Christmas through the world, Pope urges faithful

Catholic World News - January 04, 2012

The Christmas season is a time of joy for all Christians, Pope Benedict XVI told his weekly public audience on January 4. The Holy Father closed his audience by reminding the faithful of their duty to spread that joy throughout the world.

“Christmas is the point at which heaven and earth unite,” the Pope told a crowd of about 7,000 people in the Paul VI auditorium. He spoke about the astonishing exchange between humanity and divinity:

Humanity's dream which began in the Garden of Eden--we want to be like God--is realized in an unexpected way, not through the greatness of man, who cannot make himself God, but through the humility of God Who came down among us in His humility, raising us to the true greatness of His being.

The birth of Christ is often described symbolically as a burst of light, the Pope reminded his listeners. “All Christians must be aware of their mission and responsibility to bear witness to the new light of the Gospel, and to bring it to the world,” he said.

Additional sources for this story
Some links will take you to other sites, in a new window.

An appeal from our founder, Dr. Jeffrey Mirus:

Dear reader: If you found the information on this page helpful in your pursuit of a better Catholic life, please support our work with a donation. Your donation will help us reach seven million Truth-seeking readers worldwide this year. Thank you!

Progress toward our April expenses ($26,339 to go):
$35,000.00 $8,660.70
75% 25%
Sound Off! CatholicCulture.org supporters weigh in.

All comments are moderated. To lighten our editing burden, only current donors are allowed to Sound Off. If you are a donor, log in to see the comment form; otherwise please support our work, and Sound Off!

There are no comments yet for this item.

Subscribe for free
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org
Shop Amazon

Recent Catholic Commentary

Mysteries, again and again! April 17
Tips for getting comfortable with evangelization April 17
The Shroud of Turin on Display (and an odd canonical case against it) April 16
The Vatican says the LCWR is acting Catholic. And that's news. April 16
The Truth about the Armenian Genocide April 15

Top Catholic News

Most Important Stories of the Last 30 Days
Pope challenges world leaders' silence on persecution of Christians CWN - April 6
Pope outlines plans for the extraordinary jubilee of mercy CWN - April 13
Vatican completes doctrinal assessment of Leadership Conference of Women Religious CWN - April 16