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Pope Francis: renounce greed and gluttony at Christmas for simple love



VATICAN CITY – Pope Francis called on Christians on Monday to renounce the greed, gluttony and materialism of Christmas and instead focus on the message of simplicity, charity and love, an eventful week for him Pope includes a Christmas message and a blessing, a prayer on December 26th, a New Year's Eve snack and a Mass on January 1st (19659002).

During his sermon Monday, Francis lamented that many people find their lives meaningful in possessions, when the biblical story of Christ's birth emphasizes that God appeared to people who were poor in earthly possessions but faithful.

"When we stand in front of the crib, we understand that the food of life is not material wealth, but love, not gluttony, but charity, not pomp, but simplicity," Francis said in simple white robes.

"An insatiable greed characterizes all human history, even though today, paradoxically, a few dine lavishly during one day. Too many go without the daily bread needed to survive," he said.

During his five-year papacy, Francis focused on the world's poor and oppressed, their refugees and marginalized groups. Latin America's first Pope of the Catholic Church instructed the Vatican to take better care of the homeless in Rome by opening a barbershop, a shower and a medical clinic in the ornate St. Peter's Square colonnade.

To extend his commitment to Christmas Francis sent his trusted Secretary of State, Cardinal Pietro Parolin, to Iraq to celebrate with the country's suffering Christians.

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Pope Francis leads the "Urbi et Orbi" message (on the city and the world) from the balcony over St. Peter's Square in the Vatican December 25, 2017 REUTERS / Alessandro Bianchi

Pope Francis leaves at the end of "Urbi et Orbi" (to the city and the World) Message from the balcony overlooking St. Peter's Square at Vatica on December 25, 2017. REUTERS / Alessandro Bianchi

Pope Francis leads the message "Urbi et Orbi" (to the city and to the world) from the balcony overlooking the St. Peter's Square in the Vatican. December 25, 2017. REUTERS / Alessandro Bianchi

Pope Francis waved as he led the message "Urbi et Orbi" (into the city and into the world) from the balcony overlooking St. Peter's Square at the Vatican on December 25, 2017. REUTERS / Alessandro Bianchi

Pope Francis blessing during the message "Urbi et Orbi" (to the city and the world) from the balcony overlooking St. Peter's Square at the Vatican, December 25, 2017. REUTERS / Alessandro Bianchi

Pope Francis beckons when he receives the "Urbi et Orbi" (to the city and the world) – Message from the balcony overlooking St. Peter's Square in the Vatican, December 25, 2017. REUTERS / Alessandro Bianchi

Pope Francis blesses during the "Urbi et Orbi "(to the city and the world) Message from the balcony overlooking St. Peter Square in the Vatican on December 25, 2017. REUTERS / Alessandro Bianchi

Pope Francis introduces the message" Urbi et Orbi "(to the city and into the world) from the balcony overlooking St. Peter's Square in the Vatican on December 25, 2017. REUTERS / Alessandro Bianchi

Pope Francis shows the message "Urbi et Orbi" (in the city and in the world) from the balcony St. Peter's Square at the Vatican on December 25, 2017. REUTERS / Alessandro Bianchi

Pope Francis waves as he guides the message "Urbi et Orbi" (into town and into the world) from the balcony overlooking St. Peter's Square at the Vatican on December 25, 2017. REUTERS / Alessandro Bianchi




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SHOW CAPTION [19659025] Catholics are among the religious minorities attracted to Islamists who have perpetrated violence against Islam and expelled tens of thousands from their homes.

Parolin met with Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul-Mahdi in Baghdad on Monday. He is expected to travel to northern Iraq in the coming days to meet with the Kurdish leaders in Irbil and celebrate the mass in Qaraqosh on the Nineveh Plain near Mosul, according to the Vatican.

For years, the Vatican has voiced its concern about the exodus of Christians from communities that existed since the time of Jesus, and urged them to return if safety conditions permit.

Francis probably refers to the plight of Christians in Iraq and Syria on his Christmas Day "Urbi et Orbi" (To the City and the World) speech. He is scheduled to return on Tuesday from the Loggia of St. Peter's Basilica and on New Year's Day, which the church calls the World Day of Peace.


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