Pope Francis didn’t hold back any punches this week when he directly confronted the war on Christmas abounding in our culture.
Commenting on the many attempts by secularists “to eliminate Christian symbols like the Nativity scene,” Pope Francis boldly stated that these people are afraid of the real meaning of Christmas.
Speaking during the Vatican Christmas tree lighting this Thursday he illustrated that the Nativity scene “is a genuine way of communicating the Gospel in a world that sometimes seems to be afraid of remembering what Christmas really is.”
Instead, our culture “eliminates Christian symbols in exchange for banal, commercial imagery,” he said.
“I wish to encourage the beautiful family tradition of preparing the nativity scene in the days before Christmas,” Pope Francis stated. “But also the custom of setting it up in the workplace, in schools, hospitals, prisons and town squares.”
“As we contemplate the Christmas story, we are invited to set out on a spiritual journey, drawn by the humility of the God who became man in order to encounter every man and woman. We come to realize that so great is His love for us that He became one of us, so that we, in turn, might become one with Him,” Pope Francis added.