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Pope says don't party, spend at Xmas, but make room for Lord

Francis asks faithful if souls are open to God

23 December, 11:49
Pope says don't party, spend at Xmas, but make room for Lord (ANSA) - Vatican City, December 23 - Pope Francis on Monday said Christians should focus on opening their souls to God at Christmas, rather than spending and partying.

"Come and let's open our souls and may our souls be watchful in these days as we wait (for Christmas)," the pope said during Mass at the Santa Marta residence, the Vatican guest house where he lives after spurning the luxury of the papal apartments.

"Watch what happens in us. See whether the Lord comes or does not come. See whether there is room for the Lord or there is room for parties, for shopping, for making noise.

"Is our soul open, like the holy mother Church is open and the Virgin Mary was open? "Or is our soul closed and have we attached a very polite sign to the door that reads 'please do not disturb'". The Argentine pontiff reiterated the point with a post on his Twitter account, @Pontifex.

"Christmas celebrations are often full of sound," the pope tweeted.

"It would be good for us to make room for silence, to hear the voice of Love".

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