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Pope Francis: There's a “false respect” for the non-Christian that is distorting Christmas

The pope warned of the risk of Christmas losing its essence in light of excessive respect shown for non-believers. 

“Today, we are witnessing a type of “distortion” of Christmas. In the name of a false respect toward those who are non-Christians, many times the intent to marginalize the faith goes unnoticed, eliminating any kind of reference to Jesus' birth.”

Thus, Pope Francis recommended that Christians rediscover the meaning of Christmas, to understand why Jesus is the best gift these holidays. 

“Jesus is the gift from God for us, and if we receive him, we can also be a gift for others, primarily those who have never received attention or tenderness.”

The pope took a break from his catechesis on the Eucharist to focus on Christmas during this time. 

There was also time during the audience for these dancing polar bears to provide some amusement. 

These circus performers also presented some impressive acrobatics.