Pope, on Christmas, urges return to essential values

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Pope Francis urges those “intoxicated” by possessions and superficial appearances to return to the essential values of life. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.

Pope, on Christmas, urges return to essential values

Heightened security at the Vatican ahead of midnight mass on Christmas Eve.

Security is tighter than normal for Christmas, as everyone entering the basilica passes through metal detectors.

The Pope’s nearly three-year-old papacy has been marked by calls for sobriety and compassion for the less fortunate.

The Pope says Christmas is a time to “once more discover who we are”.

(SOUNDBITE) (Italian) POPE FRANCIS SAYING:

(PART COVERED WITH IMAGES OF CONGREGATION LISTENING) “In a society so often intoxicated by consumerism and hedonism, wealth and extravagance, appearances and narcissism, this child calls us to act soberly, in other words, in a way that is simple, balanced, consistent, capable of seeing and doing what is essential.”

While not changing fundamental church doctrine, Francis has been calling for a more merciful and less judgmental church — at midnight Mass he also called for empathy, compassion and mercy.

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