No crisis can turn off the light of Christmas – Pope Francis

Pope Francis leads a traditional Corpus Christi (Body of Christ) feast Mass in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican, June 14, 2020. Vatican Media/­Handout via REUTERS

Tista' taqra bil- Malti.

There is no pandemic or crisis that can turn off the light of Christmas, Pope Francis affirmed, as he greeted the faithful present in St. Peter’s Square and following through the media during the Sunday Angelus.

“The virus has not stopped the spirit of Christmas, today, more than ever, it is important to remain united and empathise with our sisters and brothers until we are able to return to life as we know it.” This is what symbolises the Vatican’s Christmas display this year more than others: hope, trust, love, family, and the awareness that Jesus will come among his people to save and console them.

Noting that the Vatican’s Christmas tree has been erected in the Square and that the Nativity Scene will soon be unveiled, the Pope said that in many homes “these symbols of Christmas are being set up to the delight of children,” and also to the delight of those who no longer are children.  

Pope Francis said: “Let us allow it to enter into our hearts and reach out toward those who are most in need.”