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President Obama: remarks at lighting of Christmas tree

Catholic World News - December 10, 2013

During the recent lighting of the National Christmas Tree, President Barack Obama spoke about Christ’s example.

“Each Christmas, we celebrate the birth of a child who came into the world with only a stable’s roof to shelter Him,” he said. “But through a life of humility and the ultimate sacrifice, a life guided by faith and kindness towards others, Christ assumed a mighty voice, teaching us lessons of compassion and charity that have lasted more than two millennia. He ministered to the poor. He embraced the outcast. He healed the sick. And in Him we see a living example of scripture that we ought to love others not only through our words, but also through our deeds.”

“It’s a message both timeless and universal -- no matter what God you pray to, or if you pray to none at all -- we all have a responsibility to ourselves and to each other to make a difference that is real and lasting,” he continued. “We are our brother’s keeper. We are our sister’s keeper.”

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  • Posted by: nix898049 - Dec. 12, 2013 2:59 PM ET USA

    Shouldn't the 'G' in God have been in lower case, if indicating there are multiple gods to be prayed to? Also why 'pray to' none at all? What does he mean by 'praying' anyway? Our president is an atheist, and it's time we faced the fact.

  • Posted by: gbrisebois1656 - Dec. 10, 2013 7:08 PM ET USA

    Nice words. Too bad he's such a rabid abortionist and anti marriage zealot.

  • Posted by: jg23753479 - Dec. 10, 2013 7:11 AM ET USA

    We are indeed our brother's keeper, Mr. President. So why do you and others in your political party stand by and often even applaud the murder of millions of the most defenseless brothers? Why do you, in fact, defend laws and rules that facilitate the work of their murderers? Jesus did not ask us to simply admire him, Mr. President, he asked us to follow his lead. Sadly, and despite your bold words here, I do not think you are following him.

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