It has been informed that the card will be produced by the Vatican Printing Press and feature the Holy Father’s hand-written message and the painting by Leandro Bassano (1557-1622), entitled: ''The Nativity and Adoration of the Shepherds,'' located in the private apartment of the Apostolic Palace.
According to L’Osservatore Romano, Benedict XVI will continue the tradition of printing cards for Christmas, Easter and other solemnities with a hand-written phrase taken from scripture that began by Paul VI in 1963.
Earlier on the occasion, Pope Francis calling wasting food as stealing from the hungry, said, "This culture of waste has made us insensitive even to the waste and disposal of food, which is even more despicable when all over the world, unfortunately, many individuals and families are suffering from hunger and malnutrition. Once our grandparents were very careful not to throw away any leftover food. Consumerism has led us to become used to an excess and daily waste of food, to which, at times we are no longer able to give a just value. Throwing away food is like stealing from the table of the poor and the hungry,'' as reported by express.co.uk.
On December 12, the Pope had tweeted, "Let us pray that God grant us the grace of knowing a world where no one dies of hunger. "