Pope Francis: Christmas Is ‘A Charade’ Because The ‘World Continues To Wage War’

Pope Francis has something to say about Christmas, and it’s pretty much the exact opposite of what any holiday-loving Christian wants to hear. On Thursday, the pontiff remarked that due to recent events, it’s clear that the world has chosen “war and hate” over peace, rendering the meaning of Christmas festivities absolutely meaningless. Calling the Christmas festivities nothing more than a “charade,” he said:

“Christmas is approaching: there will be lights, parties, Christmas trees and nativity scenes … it’s all a charade. The world continues to go to war. The world has not chosen a peaceful path.”

Referring to the recent terror attacks in France that left 129 dead (the worst act of terror in the history of the country) and many other global attacks including the bombing of a Russian airliner and double suicide bombing in Lebanon, Pope Francis said the violent path the world has chosen was undeniably clear.

“There are wars today everywhere, and hate. We should ask for the grace to weep for this world, which does not recognize the path to peace. To weep for those who live for war and have the cynicism to deny it. God weeps, Jesus weeps”.

The head of the Catholic church continued:

“What shall remain? Ruins, thousands of children without education, so many innocent victims, and lots of money in the pockets of arms dealers. Jesus once said: ‘You cannot serve two masters, either God or riches,” according to the Vatican news service. “The men who work war, who make war, are cursed—they are criminals.”

Francis had given this sermon at the Casa Santa Marta in the Vatican, as the giant 82-foot Christmas tree was being presented. While the pope’s dark message left a damper on what was normally a festive event, his words are a powerful reminder that we need to work toward a more peaceful world.

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