Full Text: Pope Francis’ Christmas ‘Urbi et Orbi’ 2022| National Catholic Register

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‘Dear brothers and sisters, today as then, Jesus, the true light, comes.’

On Christmas Day 2022, Pope Francis delivered his Urbi et Orbi address and blessing from the central balcony overlooking St. Peter’s Square. The following is the full text of the Pope’s Christmas message.

Dear brothers and sisters in Rome and throughout the world, Merry Christmas!

May the Lord Jesus, born of the Virgin Mary, bring to all of you the love of God, wellspring of confidence and hope, together with the gift of the peace proclaimed by the angels to the shepherds of Bethlehem: “Glory to God in the highest heaven and on earth peace to those whom he favors” (Luke 2:14).

On this festive day, we turn our gaze to Bethlehem. The Lord comes to the world in a stable and is laid in a manger for animals since his parents could find no room in the inn, even though the time had come for Mary to give birth. He comes among us in silence and in the dark of night because the Word of God needs no spotlights or loud human voices. He is himself the Word that gives life its meaning; he is the Light that brightens our path. “The true light, which enlightens everyone” – the Gospel tells us – “was coming into the world” (John 1:9).

Full Text: Pope Francis’ Christmas ‘Urbi et Orbi’ 2022| National Catholic Register

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