Pope: In Daily Hustle, Find Time for God
Pontiff will give Christmas Eve Mass shortly
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Dec 24, 2012 2:56 PM CST
Updated Dec 24, 2012 5:26 PM CST
Pope Benedict XVI lights a candle at his studio window overlooking St. Peter's Square at the Vatican, after the unveiling of the Nativity scene, Monday, Dec. 24, 2012.   (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

(Newser) – Pope Benedict XVI marked Christmas Eve with Mass in St. Peter's Basilica and a pressing question: Will people find room in their hectic, technology-driven lives for children, the poor and God? The pontiff also prayed that Israelis and Palestinians live in peace and freedom, and asked the faithful to pray for Syria, Lebanon, and Iraq. The ceremony began at 10pm local time—two hours earlier than tradition so that the 85-year-old pontiff might rest before his Christmas Day speech tomorrow at midday—with the blare of trumpets, meant to symbolize Christian joy over the news of Christ's birth in Bethlehem. The basilica's main bell tolled outside, and the voices of the Vatican's boys' choir wafted across the packed venue.

"The great moral question of our attitude toward the homeless, toward refugees and migrants takes on a deeper dimension: Do we really have room for God when he seeks to enter under our roof?" the pope said. "The faster we can move, the more efficient our time-saving appliances become, the less time we have. And God? The question of God never seems urgent." Benedict earlier in the evening lighted a Christmas peace candle in the window of his private residence, drawing a cheer from the faithful gathered below.

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Dec 25, 2012 8:19 PM CST
This Pope was in Hitler's Youth. He's like Wernher von Braun from Hitler's SS. He and his crew worked for Hitler, disappeared then end up in the United States working for NASA. This was amazing and you would think the Jew would be upset about this.
Dec 25, 2012 10:30 AM CST
Hey Poopie, Stop trying to pull the wool over all of us sheep, we all know that you and the Mafia are are bedpartners with your Ponsi scheme of capitalization. repent your evil ways! sell that silly golden pointy hat and help the poor and starving peopleof the world.
Dec 24, 2012 10:32 PM CST
The Pope killed and ate Jesus Christ in the mass...acre; at least, that is what he claims to believe. Oh, I forgot...he also drank His blood. Jesus Christ saves; the Pope enslaves.