Pope Francis served the night Christmas Liturgy as part of the celebration of the traditional Christmas Eve in Vatican. The broadcast was conducted by the Vatican News channel.
The Christmas service at St. Peter's Basilica began with the singing of calendars, the proclamation of historical events preceding the birth of Jesus. In his sermon Pope Francis focused on the topic of God's grace, which is designed to “bring salvation to all and shine in our world tonight,” Catholic News Agency reports.
“People’s weakness and sin do not change Christ’s love for them, and Catholics should strive to treat others in the same way, serving someone, and not just those whom they consider worthy,” said Pope Francis on Christmas Eve.
The pontiff noted that Jesus did not change history by the flow of words, but by giving his life to people, not waiting for people to get better.
"God loves you, not because you think and act correctly. He loves you, simply and clearly. His love is unconditional; it does not depend on you. ... Christmas reminds us that God continues to love us all, even the worst of us, because we are valuable in His eyes, "continued the Pope.
He urged believers to do good, not waiting for other people around to become “good.”
“Let's start with ourselves,” said the Pope.
On December 25, at 12:55, at the Piazza San Pietro in Rome, the pontiff gives a Christmas greeting and an Apostolic blessing for Rome and the whole world (Urbi et Orbi). Pope Francis traditionally delivers his message to believers in more than 50 languages.