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placeholder January 6, 2014   •   VOL. 52, NO. 1   •   Oakland, CA
Christmas offers lesson in humility

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis said Christmas is an occasion of joy but also a lesson in humility, when the faithful are called to imitate the example of God-made-man.

The pope made his remarks Dec. 18, during his weekly public audience in St. Peter's Square.

"God abases himself, descends to earth as someone small and poor, which means that to be like him we should not put ourselves above others, but on the contrary, abase ourselves, give ourselves in service, make ourselves small with the small and poor with the poor," he said.

"It is an ugly thing when one sees a Christian who will not abase himself, who will not serve, a Christian who struts about vainly everywhere," Pope Francis added. "That is not Christian, that is pagan."

A Christian is obliged to serve, the pope said, because the incarnation means God is to be found in every person.

 
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