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Christmas reminds us of hope for the future, pope says

The birth of Christ is a reminder for Christians to take a moment and reflect on the hope of salvation given by God to the world, Pope Francis said.

Those who are humble and poor like the shepherds come to realise the promise of hope that comes from trusting God and not from “their own securities, especially material goods,” the pope said during his weekly general audience.

“Remember this: Our own securities will not save us. The only security that saves us is the hope in God which saves us, which is strong. It makes us walk through life with joy, with a desire to do good, with a desire to become happy for all eternity,” the pope said.

Picture: The Christmas tree is seen as Pope Francis leads his general audience in Paul VI hall at the Vatican. (CNS photo/Paul Haring).