Pope Paul celebrated the annual 'dawn' Mass on Saturday (december 25) in a Rome working-class suburb--carrying on a tradition established by Pope John XXIII.
Pope Paul celebrated the annual 'dawn' Mass on Saturday (december 25) in a Rome working-class suburb--carrying on a tradition established by Pope John XXIII. The Mass marked the resumption of the tradition which was not held last year because the Pope was confined by influenza to the Vatican. thousands of people crowded the church of Santa Maria Regina Mundi in Rome's Terre Spaccata area of the southern suburbs. The church was built in 1968 for the district's 30,000 inhabitants.
Later in the day, the Pope made his main mid-day Christmas address from St. Peter's Basilica. The 74 year old Pontiff told a crowd of some 15,000 that they should abandon irreligious pride and intolerant self sufficiency and to accept Christ, who is capable of healing the endless series of our ills.
SYNOPSIS: Pope Paul celebrated the traditional "dawn" Christmas mass on Saturday at the church of Santa Maria Regina Mundi in one of Rome's working-class districts.
A large crowd was an hand for the mass--a tradition started by Pope John XXIII. This year marked a resumption of the mass which wasn't held last year because Pope Paul was confined to the Vatican by influenza.
The church was built in 1968 for the ??? 30,000 inhabitants of Rome's Terra Spaccata district to the southern part of the capital. There were thousands in and around the church to bear the mass and the Pope's blessing.
The mass marked the 74-year-old Pontiff's second function of the day. Earlier, he'd celebrated a midnight mass of the Stetipe Chapel for members of the ??? diplomatic carps.
Later, the Pope made him main mid-day address from St. Peter's Basilica. He told a crowd of 25,000 that they should abandon irreligious pride and intolerant self-sufficiency. The Pope also told the crowd to accept Christ, whom he said was "capable of healing the endless series of our ills". Before the address, he'd celebrated another mass--this ??? free St. Peter's itself.
The Pope's message was followed by the solemn Papal blessing "Urbi at Orbi"--to the city and to the world. He also offered Christmas blessings in 13 languages--including Chinese. The Pope's words brought cheers and applause from the crowds who packed the square. His words were also relayed to millions of people in many countries of the world.