Vatican City, Dec 24, 2015 / 14:26 pm
The joy we receive from Christ's birth has the power to counteract doubt and indifference, in a world that is "merciless to the sinner and lenient to the sin," Pope Francis said during Midnight Mass for Christmas.
"Joy and gladness are a sure sign that the message contained in the mystery of this night is truly from God," the Pope said in his Dec. 24 homily for Mass celebrated in St. Peter's Basilica.
"There is no room for doubt; let us leave that to the skeptics who, by looking to reason alone, never find the truth. There is no room for the indifference which reigns in the hearts of those unable to love for fear of losing something."
Pope Francis went on to observe how Christ, born in the poverty of a stable, teaches us to reject worldly riches amid a consumerist and hedonistic society, as a "culture of indifference."