Pope contrasts Jesus’ birth, excess in Christmas Eve homily

December 24, 2015 9:48 PM

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VATICAN CITY — In his Christmas Eve homily Thursday, Pope Francis noted the simplicity of Jesus’ birth as he rebuked what he called societies’ intoxication with consumerism, pleasure, abundance and wealth.

Christians around the world joyfully prepared to recall the birth of Jesus. But in his only public Christmas Mass, in the splendor of St. Peter’s Basilica, the pope counter-weighted his joy with a lament for people’s excesses and what he described as a “culture of indifference, which not infrequentl...

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