A STRONG condemnation of the rampant rise of consumerism throughout society was issued by Pope Francis during the traditional Christmas Eve mass at the Vatican.
Francis, the first Pontiff from Latin America, and the first Jesuit to hold the Papal office, has made consumerism and third world poverty a key message throughout his time in office and used the mass to thoroughly denounce the direction of some elements of society.
“The way of authentic liberation and perennial redemption is open to every man and woman who is simple of heart”. He added: “In a society so often intoxicated by consumerism and hedonism, wealth and extravagance, appearances and narcissism, [Jesus] calls us to act soberly, in other words, in a way that is simple, balanced, consistent, capable of seeing and doing what is essential … Amid a culture of indifference which not infrequently turns ruthless, our style of life should instead be devout, filled with empathy, compassion and mercy, drawn daily from the wellspring of prayer.”
Meanwhile the Archbishop of Canterbury used his Christmas message to warn that Daesh is a “Herod of today” “igniting a trail of fear,violence, hatred and determined oppression.”
Justin Welby has made raising awareness of the worldwide persecution of Christians in some states a key part of his tenure.