In Christmas Eve Mass, Pope Decries Commercialization Of Christmas

Pope Benedict used his traditional Christmas Eve homily at St. Peter’s Basilica to call upon his congregation to “see through the superficial glitter” of the season. “Today Christmas has become a commercial celebration,” the pope said. As if serving to prove the pope’s point, the nation has been wracked by violence in major cities as consumers fight and claw at one another to obtain Nike’s new retro Air Jordan sneakers.