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Homily of Pope Francis's Christmas Vigil Mass

Pope Francis celebrated the midnight Christmas vigil Mass on Tuesday in St. Peter's Basilica. In his homily he spoke of the birth of Jesus as an eruption of light on the sometimes dark moments of human history, marked by pride and ambition. He actually reflected on humility citing the humble beginning of Jesus as a poor and vulnerable baby. `'You are immense and you made yourself small, said the holy father; you are rich, and you made yourself poor; you are all-powerful and you made yourself vulnerable,'' continued Pope Francis in his homily. In the world's history and our own personal history, Francis said, `'there are both bright and dark moments, lights and shadows.`' He added that 'if our heart is closed, if we are dominated by pride, deceit, self-seeking, then darkness falls within us and around us.'' Pope Francis concluded his homily with a plea, saying “On this night let us share the joy of the Gospel: God loves us, he so loves us that he gave us his Son to be our brother, to be light in our darkness. To us the Lord repeats: “Do not be afraid!”. Here is a summary of the Holy Father’s homily by Sean Lovett. RealAudioMP3


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