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Pope says spiritual fervour is best Christmas preparation


Wearing a heavy red cape to protect him from the cold, Pope Benedict XVI encouraged Christians to prepare for Advent, and for Christmas with "spiritual fervour".

Catholic News Service reports that the Holy Father was speaking last week, foreshadowing last Sunday's beginning of Advent.

"I ask you all to prepare for Advent with spiritual fervour, drawing from the word of God and the Eucharist interior energy for welcoming the Lord who comes," he said at the end of his general audience.

Because more than 25,000 people requested free tickets to the audience, the morning gathering was held in St. Peter's Square.

In his main audience talk, the pope focused on the hymn of blessing found at the beginning of St. Paul's Letter to the Ephesians.

The pope said the hymn picks up similar "blessings" found in the Jewish tradition, but praises God as the "Father of Our Lord Jesus Christ."

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Prepare for Advent, Christmas with 'spiritual fervour,' pope says (Catholic News Service 28/11/05)

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