VATICAN CITY ( Associated Press) — Pope Francis recalled on Christmas that Jesus was born in a stable and criticized those “thirsty” for accumulating wealth and power at the expense of the poor.
At his home in St Peter’s Basilica, Francis presided over a crowd of some 7,000 faithful, including tourists and pilgrims.
The Pontiff asked to learn a lesson from the humility of Jesus who was born poor in a manger.
“Where animals graze in their captivity, in our world men and women, in their thirst for wealth and power, devour even their neighbors, their brothers and sisters,” the Pope lamented.
“How many wars have we seen! And in how many places even today human dignity and freedom are disrespected!
“As always, the main victims of this human greed are the weak and vulnerable,” said Francisco, who did not mention any particular conflict or situation.
“This Christmas too, as it happened with Jesus, there is no place for little children, the unborn, the poor and the forgotten, in a world thirsty for money, power and pleasure,” the Pope continued in his own voice. Whatever seemed weak or tired “I am thinking above all of the children who suffer from war, poverty and injustice.”
Still, the Pontiff encouraged everyone not to lose hope.
“Don’t be overwhelmed by fear, resignation or despair,” the Pope said.
He said that the fact that Jesus was born in a manger shows “where the true wealth of life lies: not in money or power but in relationships and people.”
“Dear brothers, dear sisters, at Christmas, let us remember that God is poor. Charity can be reborn,” said the Pope, “do not allow this Christmas to pass without doing one good deed.”