Pope laments Christmas consumerism, glitter

VATICAN CITY (AP) - December 24, 2011

Benedict made the comments Saturday night as he presided over Christmas Eve Mass in St. Peter's Basilica. The Mass kicks off an intense two weeks of public appearances that will test the 84-year-old pontiff's stamina amid signs that fatigue is starting to slow him down.

In his homily, Benedict laments that Christmas' commercialization obscures the simplicity of the message of Christ's birth.

He says: "Let us ask the Lord to help us see through the superficial glitter of this season, and to discover behind it the child in the stable in Bethlehem..."

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