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The Incarnation provides hope and perspective, Pope tells Rome's students

December 17, 2010

During a December 16 meeting with Rome’s university students—an annual pre-Christmas tradition for the Pontiff— Benedict XVI said that the Advent journey toward Bethlehem is “a journey of inner liberation, an experience of profound freedom.”

Preparation for Christmas, the Pope said, “is not simply a mental journey.” A real appreciation for the Incarnation will “infuse courage in our lives,” he said in his homily during a Thursday-evening Vespers service.

The Holy Father said that today’s students should be preparing to provide real solutions to society’s problems, which is “not an undertaking that can be achieved by distracted and superficial minds and hearts.” He urged the students to recognize the faith as a foundation for their lives and a guide to what is important.


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