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“We need a respectful, mutual listening, free of ideology and predetermined agendas.” Pope Francis, Let us Dream, December 2020

Pope: Coldest hearts can be warmed by Christmas cheer

Christmas joy expressed through music brings a message of peace and brotherhood for those most in need, Pope Francis said.

Meeting with organisers and artists participating in a benefit Christmas concert at the Vatican, the pope said the talents of musicians and artists during the festive season “is a formidable way to open the doors of the mind and heart to the true meaning of Christmas.”

“Christmas is a heartfelt feast, participatory, capable of warming the coldest hearts, of removing the walls of indifference toward one’s neighbour, of encouraging openness toward the other and giving freely,” he said on 15th December.

The proceeds of the 16th December concert, which is sponsored by the Pontifical Congregation for Catholic Education, will be donated to two organisations – Scholas Occurrentes and the “Don Bosco in the World” Foundation – to benefit children’s programs in Argentina and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Picture: Pope Francis poses with children from the Piccolo Coro di Piazza Vittorio who sang during his 15th December audience with an international group of singers and musicians who will perform at a benefit concert at the Vatican. (CNS photo/L’Osservatore Romano).