”World Needs Tenderness”: Pope Leads Christmas Eve Mass

Pope Francis led the world's 1.2 billion Roman Catholics into Christmas on Wednesday, urging them to allow God to enter their lives to help combat darkness and corruption, Reuters reported. "The question put to us simply by the infant's presence is, 'Do I allow God to love me?'" he said, adding that "the world needs tenderness today!" The 78-year-old Argentine pope led a solemn Christmas Eve Mass for thousands of people in St. Peter's Basilica. It is the second Christmas season for the pope, who was elected last year as the first non-European pontiff in 1,300 years.

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