Pope Francis celebrates Christmas Eve Mass

by Frances D'Emilio, Associated Press  |  published on December 25, 2015

VATICAN CITY (AP) — In his Christmas Eve homily Thursday, Pope Francis noted the simplicity of Jesus’ birth as he rebuked what he called societies’ intoxication with consumerism, pleasure, abundance and wealth.

Christians around the world joyfully prepared to recall the birth of Jesus. But in his only public Christmas Mass, in the splendor of St. Peter’s Basilica, the pope counter-weighted his joy with a lament for people’s excesses and what he described as a “culture of indifference, which not infrequently turns ruthless.”

Francis said Jesus “calls us to act soberly, in other words, in a way that is simple, balanced, consistent, capable of seeing and doing what is essential.”

Referring to Jesus’ birth in a Bethlehem stable, the pope said the child was “born into the poverty of this world; there was no room in the inn for him and his family.”

  • reasoning with facts

    The Vatican has billions of dollars in wealth and treasure that the Pope never seems to want to talk about

    The Vatican’s treasure of solid gold has been estimated by the United Nations World Magazine to amount to several billion dollars. A large bulk of this is stored in gold ingots with the U.S. Federal Reserve Bank, while banks in England and Switzerland hold the rest. But this is just a small portion of the wealth of the Vatican, which in the U.S. alone, is greater than that of the five wealthiest giant corporations of the country. When to that is added all the real estate, property, stocks and shares abroad, then the staggering accumulation of the wealth of the Catholic church becomes so formidable as to defy any rational assessment.”

    So image the level of gall it takes for this Pope to refer to money as “the Devil’s dung” when the corporation of which he is currently the head of hoards untold billions of it in stockpiles in Switzerland and around the world. Certainly if he were sincere, don’t you think he would start by immediately giving away a few billion just to show the rules he wants others to follow also applies to the Vatican as well? Evidentially, he does not.

    In a speech at the U.N. last year, the Pope asked world leaders to redistribute wealth globally.

    Speaking in Rome, Pope Francis condemned what he called a “throwaway culture created by the powers that control the economic and financial policies of the globalized world.”

    But he proposed a solution of sorts, in the form of economic cooperatives that would help spread wealth equally: “Money at the service of life can be managed in the right way by cooperatives, on condition that it is a real cooperative where capital does not have command over men but men over capital.”

    He quoted his namesake, St Francis of Assisi, in calling money the “devil’s dung,” according toVatican Radio. “When money becomes an idol, it controls man’s choices,” he added. “It makes him a slave.”

    This is far from the first time the Pope has addressed the condition of the working class in the globalized world; in a speech at the U.N. last year, the Pope asked world leaders to redistribute wealth.

    The post Ignoring The Vatican Billions, Pope Francis Again Calls For Global Wealth Distributionappeared first on Now The End Begins.

    Source: http://www.nowtheendbegins.com/blog/?p=31322

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