The Pope’s Message on Christmas Day Talks About “Breaking the Rods of the Oppressors”

By on Dec 25, 2010 in Current Events, Events, Holidays Comments

The Pope’s message on Christmas day talks about “breaking the rods of the oppressors,” a message he delivered to thousands of Christians during the celebration of the Midnight Mass at the St. Peter’s Basilica, Vatican City.

Pope Benedict XVI

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According to International news reports, December 25, 2010, Pope Benedict XVI security was tightened due to recent bombings of the Chilean and Swiss embassies in Rome. Local authorities said that a local anarchist group has claimed the responsibility.

The Holy Mass was celebrated in peace as The Pope talked about Christmas as the celebration of Christ’s birthday. He further said,

“We are grateful that God gives himself into our hands as a child, begging as it were for our love, implanting his peace in our hearts. But this joy is also a prayer:

Lord, make your promise come fully true. Break the rods of the oppressors. Burn the tramping boots.”

– Vatican Publishing House

The Pontiff went on to speak about his message of peace and reconciliation. Monsignor Guido Marini acted as the Master of Pontifical Liturgical Celebrations assisting the Pope as he fulfilled the annual Christian celebration.

In Bethlehem, Midnight Mass was also held at the Nativity site by Christians and visitors who came to witness the celebration of the birth of Christ. All over the world, Christians have celebrated Midnight Masses in their own parishes.



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