Francis: Christmas is a time of hope

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Pope audience for participants in the “Christmas Contest” organized by the Vatican

Vatican City (kath.net/KAP) Pope Francis looks forward to the approaching Christmas with confidence despite the ongoing corona crisis. Christmas is “one more reason to reflect and not lose hope,” said the Pope on Monday in the Vatican. He spoke at an audience for the participants in a Christmas carol competition.

Francis admitted that the festive season would also be clouded this year by the consequences of the pandemic. Nevertheless, it is “by no means” inappropriate to celebrate the birth of Christ in a fitting manner. After all, it is about “the festival of compassion, of tenderness par excellence”. His beauty is shown in many small gestures of love, the Pope said.

The “Christmas Contest” organized by the Vatican in the categories of text, music and interpretation is aimed at young people between the ages of 16 and 35. Groups and individuals are invited to submit their pieces. The winners will be able to perform together with internationally known artists at the Vatican’s Christmas concert.

The competition is also linked to two solidarity campaigns in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. An education center in Kikwit and a vocational center for the Salesians of Don Bosco in Kinshasa are presented and supported.

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bibelfreund 12 hours ago

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Well, then a clear plea FOR a normal Christmas with church service, markets etc and against the dictatorial restrictions like Austria etc. CLEAR word about the models Sweden, Florida, Texas….


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