Pope Francis calls for compassion in his Christmas message

Pope Francis has told his congregation to ‘act soberly’ and ‘to do God’s will’ to a crowd of thousands in attendance. The Pope said further that Christmas was the time to ‘discover who we are.’

Pope Francis said on Christmas Eve during Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome that modern society should return to the essential values of life and urged his 1.2 billion followers to have compassion for the less fortunate.

The 10,000 or so in attendance started the service with the Kalenda, a traditional Latin chant proclaiming the birth of Jesus.
The pope urged those “intoxicated” by possessions to return to a more simple life, and said that everyone should allow the simplicity of the child Jesus, who was born in a manger, to inspire their lives.