The Pope’s Christmas Message

Source: FSSPX News


On December 25, 2005 at noon, the pope addressed his wishes “to the peoples and nations” from the loggia of St. Peter’s Basilica. Benedict XVI appeared for 30 minutes on the balcony to deliver his Christmas message and give his Urbi et Orbi blessing. It was broadcast live by 55 television channels in some forty-odd countries.

The pope recalled that “man in this technological era risks above all becoming a victim of the very successes of his intelligence and the results of his abilities if he succumbs to a spiritual atrophy, through an empty heart”. “Wake up, man of the third millennium!”, the Sovereign Pontiff declared. “The modern epoch is often presented as a period of the awakening of reason, as humanity coming into the light, emerging from a dark period”, continued Benedict XVI, adding that “nevertheless, without Christ, the light of reason does not suffice to enlighten man and the world”.

The Holy Father particularly underscored the importance of safeguarding “the most elementary rights of those who find themselves in tragic situations, like in Darfur and other regions of Central Africa”. The pope expressed the hope that God “would incite the Latin American peoples to live in peace and concord”, “that He would give courage to men of good will working in the Holy Land, Iraq and Lebanon, where signs of hope, although not lacking, wait to be confirmed by behavior inspired by loyalty and wisdom”. Benedict XVI also expressed the hope that God would favor “the process of dialogue in the Korean peninsula and in other countries in Asia, so that once the dangerous differences are surmounted, people will, in a fraternal spirit, come to solutions resulting in a coherent peace”.

In Italian, the pope recalled “the Christian heritage that cultivated the whole Italian tradition, art, history and culture”. “Happy and holy Feast of Christmas! May Christ the Savior keep you in hope and may He give you the gift of profound peace! Bon Noël! (Merry Christmas), he then wished the crowd in French.

On December 26, on the Feast of St. Stephen, Benedict XVI recalled the first martyr of the Church at the Angelus. “Already numerous Christians, at the beginning of the Church, were witnesses to their faith by the shedding of their blood. The first martyrs were followed by others in the course of the centuries down to our own day. How can we not recognize that, in our era as well, in different parts of the world, to profess the Christian faith requires the heroism of the martyrs? How then can we not say that everywhere, even where no persecution exists, living the Gospel with coherence brings with it a high price to pay?”

During the general audience of Wednesday, December 28, Feast of the Holy Innocents, Benedict XVI continued his catechesis with a meditation on the second part of Psalm 138 which “leads us to consider the highest and most admirable reality of the universe: man, God’s miracle”. “Upon this marvel of creation, the Lord casts a look of love, and he surrounds him with all His tenderness from his beginnings, from the moment he exists in his mother’s womb; God loves him, for He it is who fashioned him, who knit him in secret”, declared the pope. “God knows the human being even when he is nothing but a tiny embryo and is not visible to the eyes of other men”.