‘Tis the season of peace, hope, joy and love -It is Christmas!
Christians around the world are celebrating the birth of Jesus. Meanwhile the pope has depicted suffering reflected “in the faces of little children,” citing war and other tensions in places including the Middle East, Africa and the Korean Peninsula.
In the Vatican, Tens of thousands of worshipers gathered to hear the pontiff’s fifth “Urbi et Orbi” message.
The Vatican City is a country located within the city of Rome. It is the smallest state in the world by both area and population.
The independent city-state came into existence in 1929 by the Lateran Treaty between the Holy See and Italy.
His holiness Pope Francis called for peace in Jerusalem in his traditional Christmas address. He also highlighted the plight of children scarred by conflict, after urging the world’s 1.3 billion Catholics not to ignore migrants.
The Pope told the faithful that “the winds of war are blowing in the world and an outdated model of development continues to produce human, societal and environmental decline.”
Christians across Sri Lanka celebrated the dawn of Christmas day, embracing the spirit of Christmas.
The Archbishop of Colombo -His Eminence Malcolm Cardinal Ranjith- empathized that the true meaning of Christmas is to “live a life where one shows respect to God, neighbor and the environment”.
The main mid-night mass for the dawn of Christmas took place last night (December 24) at St. Peter and St. Paul’s Church, Ragama. Holy mass was presided over by His Eminence Malcolm Cardinal Ranjith.
“We must work towards fulfilling that plan and decide on the steps we must take on the correct path, with respect for god, neighbor and the environment. This is the meaning of Christmas.” – His Eminence Malcolm Cardinal Ranjith
BETHLEHEM: The apostolic administrator of the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem, attended the Church of the Nativity to lead Midnight Mass.
He is Pope Francis’ representative in the Holy Land, and urged leaders present to have ‘courage’ in deciding the future.
INDIA: Christians across India immersed in the festive spirit as they sang carols in churches that have been decked up for the Midnight Mass for Christmas celebrations.
PAKISTAN: Hundreds of Christians in Pakistan’s port city of Karachi attended Midnight Mass on Christmas eve amid tight security.
CHINA: Hundreds of Catholic followers attended a Christmas Eve mass in Beijing amid reported restrictions.
BELARUS: Hundreds of Santa Clauses flooded the center of Minsk on bringing the spirit of New Year into Belarus.
EGYPT: Catholic Christians attended mass at St. Joseph’s Roman Catholic Church in Cairo, to mark Christmas and pray for all those killed in attacks in 2017.
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