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Without Jesus there is no Christmas, Pope tells pilgrims

29/Dec/2017

By Susan Gately 

Gives voice to international project which aims to put Christ back in the centre of Christmas.

Members of the Bracken family giving out statues of Baby Jesus outside St Saviour Church in Limerick, December 2017.

In our time, especially in Europe, we are witnessing a sort of “distortion” of Christmas, Pope Francis told pilgrims to Rome at his General Audience on Wednesday.

“In the name of a false respect that is not Christian, which often hides the will to marginalise the faith, it eliminates from the celebration any reference to the birth of Jesus. But, in fact, this event is the only true Christmas!”

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