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Pope Francis addresses Roman Curia and extends Christmas greetings
In his address to Roman Curia at the start of the Christmas break on Thursday, Pope Francis exhorted Curia members to carry out their work and service to the Church in faithfulness to the sacred authority of the Petrine office, said a release of the text of his speech.

He exchanged Christmas greetings while wishing a holy and joyful Christmas and a happy New Year.

"Christmas is the feast of faith in the Son of God who became man in order to restore us to our filial dignity, lost through sin and disobedience. Christmas is the feast of faith in hearts that become a manger to receive him and souls that allow God to make a shoot of hope, charity and faith sprout from the stump of their poverty," he said.

He added, "May this Christmas open our eyes so that we can abandon what is superfluous, false, malicious and sham; and to see what is essential, true, good and authentic. My best wishes indeed!"

He reminded to gathering to pay heed to Saint Ignatius appeal to the senses for the contemplation of the mysteries of Christ and truth. He stressed the need for commitment, fidelity, competence, dedication and great sanctity.

"I began our meeting by speaking of Christmas as the Feast of Faith. I would like to conclude, though, by pointing out that Christmas reminds us that a faith that does not trouble us is a troubled faith. A faith that does not make us grow is a faith that needs to grow. A faith that does not raise questions is a faith that has to be questioned. A faith that does not rouse us is a faith that needs to be roused. A faith that does not shake us is a faith that needs to be shaken. Indeed, a faith which is only intellectual or lukewarm is only a notion of faith. It can become real once it touches our heart, our soul, our spirit and our whole being. Once it allows God to be born and reborn in the manger of our heart. Once we let the star of Bethlehem guide us to the place where the Son of God lies, not among Kings and riches, but among the poor and humble," he summed up.

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