Pope Paul today (December 25) hailed the birth of Christ as a revelation which affected mankind, history and the existence of every man.
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Background: Pope Paul today (December 25) hailed the birth of Christ as a revelation which affected mankind, history and the existence of every man.
In his traditional Christmas message before a crowd of tens of thousands in St. Peter's Square, he called for Christ's blessing on the Catholic church's Holy Year of 1975, which he inaugurated the previous evening.
Christianity, he said, affirmed the dynamic idealisms of human rights, equality, solidarity and peace, in a society marked by conflicts of nations, classes, personal and particular interests.
Christ was the brother of all, the advocate of the poor, the friend of the lowly, the companion of the suffering, the redeemer of sinners -- in a word, our saviour, said the Pope.
The Catholic church's Holy Year was opened last night (December 24) in a glittering ceremony by the Pope who struck three blows with a silver hammer on the holy door leading to St. Peter's Basilica - a tradition going back to 1300.
SYNOPSIS: St. Peter's Square ... packed with pilgrims come to hear the traditional Christmas blessing delivered by the Pope to the world's Catholics. This year, the People spoke of the birth of Christ as a revelation which affected mankind, history and the existence of every man.
Tens of thousands of people had come to the Vatican to partake in the ceremony opening the Catholic church's Holy Year, inaugurated by he Pope the night before Christmas.
In his massage, the Pope called for Christ's blessing of the Holy year of 1975.
He urged all men to remember the example of Christ ... the brother of all, the advocate of the poor, friend of the lonely, companion of he suffering, redeemer of sinners ... in a word, our savior.