- Christians gathered to witness Pope Francis lead Christmas Eve mass in St Peter's Basilica as he spoke to believers
- At the mass, the pope reminded believers of Jesus' love to them and others who may be the worst of humanity
- The pope unveiled the new Jesus statue as a baby in a nativity scene as he advised Christians to stop trying to change others
Christians around the world gathered to watch Pope Francis as he led the Christmas Eve mass in St Peter’s Basilica.
During the procession, Pope told believers that God loves everyone irrespective of who they are. The choir at St Peter’s sang the popular Christmas hymn, The First Noel, Daily Mail reports.
The Pope also unveiled a new statue of baby Jesus in a nativity scene at the foot of the altar, as he told everyone that the birth of Jesus is a reminder that Christ loves all.
“God does not love you because you think and act the right way. You may have mistaken ideas, you may have made a complete mess of things, but the Lord continues to love you,” he said.
Pope Francis also asked the faithful to stop trying to change others as they allow themselves to be transformed by Jesus.
“May we not wait for our neighbors to be good before we do good to them, for the church to be perfect before we love her, for others to respect us before we serve them. Let us begin with ourselves,” he said.
The mass will be marking the beginning of a busy schedule for Pope as he will also give a Christmas speech, head a New Year’s Eve vigil, and January 1 mass.
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Meanwhile, Legit.ng earlier reported that this year’s Christmas will be a very big mark in history as the Notre-Dame Cathedral would not be holding a mass for it for the first time in 200 years.
The reason for so is connected with the fire that razed the cathedral sometime in April. Though there will be midnight mass for Christmas eve, it will be taking place at Saint-Germaiin I’Auxerrois.
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