FrancisPope Francis Pope Francis encourages people to help those in need die in the reduced Christmas Eve service. Two cardinals in the Vatican tested positive for coronavirus: report more Urge people to help those in need during the reduced Christmas Eve Mass held in Vatican City.
According to Reuters, the pope told less than a hundred listeners: “The Son of God was born as a wanderer, and his purpose is to tell us that every wanderer is a child of God.”
God came to us in poverty and need, telling us that in serving the poor, we will show love for him. From tonight, as a poet wrote: “God’s dwelling is next to me, and his furniture is love” (Emily Dickinson, Collection of Poems, 17). #Christmas
-Pope Francis (@Pontifex) December 24, 2020
Francis called on the audience to consider “our injustice to many brothers and sisters” rather than “our endless desire for property” when commemorating this season.
Although about 10,000 people usually hear the Pope’s Christmas Eve in person, in St. Peter’s Basilica, coronavirus precautions have reduced the crowd this year to less than 100 people.
This year everyone in attendance wore masks, except for the pope and the small choir. According to Reuters, the mass started very early because the curfew in the area was still below 10 pm.
The Pope will read another Christmas message on Friday. Unlike in previous years, he will read the address in a hall in the Vatican. The event usually attracts thousands of people to St. Peter’s Square, but under current restrictions, the square will be closed to the public and all Pope events will be broadcast live.
Italy is one of the worst-hit countries in Europe during the pandemic and has closed all unnecessary retailers from December 24 to 27. The store will be closed again from December 31 to January 3 and January 5-6. According to Reuters, during the same period, residents will only be allowed to travel for work, emergency or medical care.