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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