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In his Christmas message, Pope Francis urges the faithful to serve poor
Pope Francis delivered a Christmas message on December 18 and urged the faithful to serve the poor and less fortunate around the world during his weekly audience in St. Peter’s Square. The world celebrates Christmas on December 25.

According to the Catholic News Service, in his message, the Pope said that we should never place ourselves above others and rather put ourselves at the service of the poor. Quoting from the Bible, Pope Francis said, ''Whoever has nourished, welcomed, visited, loved one of the least and poorest of men, will have done this to the Son of God.''

According to L’Osservatore Romano, Benedict XVI has chosen the following words  from Psalm 85:12 for this year’s Christmas card "Veritas de terra orta est! or Truth shall spring out of the earth.” The card will be given to the Roman Curia, Vatican employees and all the faithful present at the audiences and celebrations in the upcoming days.

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

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. "

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