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Pope Francis: Counter ‘Fake Christmas’ of Commercialism by Reflecting on God’s Closeness

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Pope Francis meets a delegation of people who donated the Christmas tree and the nativity scene in St. Peter’s Square and the Paul VI Hall at the Vatican, Dec. 10, 2021.

Pope Francis said that the tree “is a sign of Christ, the tree of life, a tree that man could not access because of sin. But with Christmas, divine life joined that of mankind. The Christmas tree, then, evokes rebirth, the gift of God that is united with man forever, who gives us his life.”


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