Francis Cheers Jesus' Humble Start
Pope celebrates first Christmas Eve mass at Vatican
By Polly Davis Doig, Newser Staff
Posted Dec 24, 2013 4:39 PM CST
Updated Dec 24, 2013 5:22 PM CST
Pope Francis holds a statue of baby Jesus as he celebrates the Christmas Eve Mass in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican, Tuesday, Dec. 24, 2013.    (Gregorio Borgia)

(Newser) – The Vatican's popular new guy is celebrating his first Christmas Eve mass at St. Peter's Basilica, and Pope Francis took the occasion to continue to draw from his themes of humility and charity toward society's poor and vulnerable. Emphasizing Jesus Christ's quite humble beginnings, he said, "You are immense, and you made yourself small; you are rich, and you made yourself poor; you are all-powerful and you made yourself vulnerable." He noted that the shepherds—"among the last, the outcast" in society—were the first to get news of Christ's birth, reports the AP.

On deck for the pontiff: Tomorrow's Christmas Day message, which he'll deliver from the basilica's balcony overlooking St. Peter's Square. The AP has the full text of Francis' homily here.

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Dec 25, 2013 4:36 PM CST
To one who has faith, no explanation is necessary. To one without faith, no explanation is possible. ~~~~Thomas Aquinas
Dec 25, 2013 12:08 PM CST
I like this guy. He's caring for the poor and trying to speak out against commercialism. He's also shaking up the Curia, which needed shaking up. I say good luck to him. Long life...
Dec 25, 2013 7:20 AM CST
when I read these ignorant and spiteful comments from posters below, it's no wonder that most people did not recognize Jesus during his advent 2000 years ago.