Pope Francis: Let not the church's fault distance yourself from God

Pope did not directly problematic cases in the catholic church, but talked about "church errors" in the trade show. the World's 1.3 billion roman catholics

Pope Francis: Let not the church's fault distance yourself from God

Pope did not directly problematic cases in the catholic church, but talked about "church errors" in the trade show.

the World's 1.3 billion roman catholics must not let the church mistakes the shadow for the love of God.

that was the gist of it from pope Francis' homily during the traditional midnight mass in st. peter's basilica at the Vatican late on christmas eve.

As is customary on christmas eve, was the main focus of the sermon the importance of the birth of Jesus in Bethlehem.

- Christmas reminds us that God continues to love us all, even the worst of us, said pope Francis.

- Perhaps you have wrong notions, we may have made a terrible mess, but the Lord loves you still.

Without specifically mentioning the many problems that the catholic church has faced, came the pope also, that the church is not infallible.

on Tuesday last week announced pope Francis that the church has changed the way it handles cases of sexual abuse within the church framework.

This means that cases of child sexual abuse are no longer covered by the so-called "papal secret", and that the clergy, therefore, must help authorities to investigate cases of sexual abuse, if they are asked about it.

Several media outlets interpreted parts of speech as a thinly veiled reference to the many cases.

- Let us think of the baby jesus, and let us be caught up in his tender love. For then we no longer have any excuse no longer to let ourselves be loved by him, said pope Francis at the fair.

- no matter what goes wrong in our lives, no matter what is not working in the church, no matter what problems there are in the world, then it will no longer be able to serve as an excuse.

the Service took about 90 minutes.

on Christmas day, continues the pope his juleprogram, when he gives his regular papal blessing of Rome and the rest of the world, "Urbi et Orbi" - which in Danish means "city and world".

The given two times a year, easter Monday and christmas day. It is done from the central balcony of st peter's basilica. Thousands of people are expected to meet up at st. peter's Square in front of the.

The 83-year-old pope born of Italian migrants in Argentina.

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Updated Date: 25 December 2019, 06:00

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