Catholics around the world celebrate Christmas
Catholics around the world, as well as Protestants, followers of the Anglican Church and a number of Orthodox, following the Gregorian calendar, celebrate Christmas on Tuesday. Pope Francis led the night solemn service in the main Catholic Cathedral of St. Peter in the Vatican, which was broadcast live around the world.
At noon, the head of the Roman Catholic Church will address his flock with the traditional Christmas message of Urbi et orbi. All past weeks, the pontiff in his sermons reminded us of the need to “rejoice in the light of the birth of the Savior” and correctly perceive the significance of this holiday, without reducing it only to feasts and gifts. The church has long condemned the trend of consumption that has developed around Christmas in the West.