Pope Benedict condemns 'superficial glitter' that surrounds Christmas as he calls for an end to bloodshed around the world during mass at St Peter's
Pope Benedict XVI called for an end to the bloodshed in Syria and the resumption of Israeli-Palestinian peace talks in his Christmas message today, an appeal for peace that was challenged by deadly attacks on two Nigerian churches.
He made the plea the morning after Christmas celebrations got underway with a midnight mass service at a packed St. Peter's Basilica in the Vatican.
The Pontiff used his Christmas ceremonies to condemn the 'superficial glitter' that now imbues the holiday.
He urged the faithful to discover its true meaning and remember the 'child in the stable' instead of being consumed by the commercial side of Christmas.
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