Celebrating the birth of Christ

Celebrating the birth of Christ

Written by Staff Writer

25 Dec, 2013 | 7:31 am

Love and joy is in the air as Catholics all around the world is celebrating the birth of Christ, Christmas today.

It was on a day like this that according to the Bible, the son of god and savior of humankind, Jesus Christ was born.

In the sacred and biblical town of Bethlehem, the birthplace of Christ, large crowds had gathered for Christmas Eve celebrations.

The Manger Square in Bethlehem is reported to have been packed with tourists in a party atmosphere.

Manger square at Christmas 2013

The nearby Church of the Nativity sits on the spot where the Bible says Jesus was born. Meanwhile, in St Peter’s Basilica in Rome, Pope Francis is celebrating his first Christmas Eve Mass since becoming pontiff.

In Vatican City, a life-sized nativity scene has been unveiled in the centre of St Peter’s Square.Thousands of worshipers from across Italy and around the world had queued on a cold clear night before entering St Peter’s.

As soaring music filled the air, Pope Francis made his entrance and moved slowly up the central aisle, followed by a retinue of clerics.

In a short homily, Francis said that every Christian can choose between darkness and light, between love and hate.

[quote]If we love God and our brothers and sisters, we walk in the light; but if our heart is closed, if we are dominated by pride, deceit, self-seeking, then darkness falls within us and around us.[/quote]

Pope Francis at Christmas 2

Pope Francis at Christmas 3

On Christmas Day, Francis will deliver his Christmas message from the Basilica’s central balcony overlooking St Peter’s Square.

Pope Francis at Christmas

News1st wishes our viewers a very merry Christmas Day, and hope that may this day bring joy and love, and spread peace around the world!


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