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See Christmas as a time to examine consciences, Pope suggests to Vatican employees

December 22, 2014

Meeting on December 22 with Vatican employees, Pope Francis urged them to make a “fruitful examination of conscience in preparation for Holy Christmas and the New Year.”

The Pope began the meeting in the Paul VI auditorium by saying that he wanted to offer his Christmas greetings to the Vatican workers “who ironically call themselves ‘the unknown,’ the ‘invisible:’ the gardeners, the cleaners, the ushers, the office heads, the lift operators, the minute takers.” He thanked them for their work, remarking that some of them now live far from their homes in order to serve the Holy See.

Pope Francis went on to suggest that Christmas should be a time for these employers to take care of priorities: their spiritual lives, their families, their relations with others, their work. He urged them to avoid gossip and resentments. Above all, he said, they should be careful not to let the Christmas celebration be overwhelmed by materialism.

The Pope ended his talk by asking forgiveness for his own failing and for the scandals that have rattled the Vatican.


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