Pope Francis urges Catholics to "once more discover who we are"

Pontiff criticises consumerist society in Christmas homily

25th December, 2015
Pope Francis kisses the crib as he arrives at St Peter's Basilica Pic: Getty

Pope Francis has called on those "intoxicated by consumerism and hedonism" to return to a more sober existence.

Addressing the world's 1.2 billion Roman Catholics, the pontiff said Christmas was the time to "once more discover who we are".

During his Christmas Eve homily during Mass at St Peter’s Basilica, the 79-year-old said: "In a society so often intoxicated by consumerism and hedonism, wealth and extravagance, appearances and narcissism, this child calls us to act soberly,...

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