Pope laments Christmas consumerism, glitter

Faithful gather in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican after the unveiling of the nativity scene, Saturday, Dec. 24, 2011. Pope Benedict XVI celebrates Christmas Eve Mass on Saturday night, kicking off a busy two weeks of public appearances that will test his stamina. Hours before the evening Mass began, Benedict lit a candle in his studio window overlooking St. Peter's Square in a traditional sign of peace. A few hundred people had gathered in the square to watch the candle lighting and the unveiling of the Vatican's larger-than-life nativity scene. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)

December 24, 2011 4:34:45 PM PST
Pope Benedict XVI is decrying the commercialization of Christmas and urging the faithful to look beyond the holiday's "superficial glitter" to discover its true meaning.