Christmas greetings and Urbi et Orbi blessing in St. Peter’s Square
By Vatican News staff writer
Dec 27 2021
In his “Urbi et Orbi” Christmas message given at midday in Saint Peter’s Square, Pope Francis expressed the joy of this day when God shows us through the birth of Jesus the way of encounter and dialogue so that we might know it and follow it in trust and hope, something needed more than ever in our troubled world.
Pope Francis gave his traditional Christmas message followed by his “Urbi et Orbi” blessing (to the city and the world) to crowds of pilgrims gathered in a rainy Saint Peter’s Square and to the world via a broadcast and streaming spanning the globe.
In his opening words he announced “the Word of God, who created the world and who gives meaning to history and to humanity’s journey, became flesh and came to dwell among us.” This event that fills the heart with wonder, he noted, shows how “the Word became flesh in order to dialogue with us,” since “God himself, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, is dialogue, an eternal and infinite communion of love and life.” Through Jesus, God showed us the way to encounter and dialogue, “so that we might know it and follow it, in trust and hope.”