At Christmas Eve Mass, pope urges space for God

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Associated Press

Posted on December 24, 2012 at 8:00 PM

Updated Monday, Dec 24 at 10:30 PM

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Benedict says he's worried that "there is no room left for God" in our hectic and technology-driven lives.

During Christmas Eve Mass at the Vatican, the pontiff added that if there's no room for God, then there's no room "for children, for the poor, for the stranger."

In his homily, Benedict cited the gospel account of Mary and Joseph finding no room at the inn and ending up in a stable that sheltered the baby Jesus.

He urged people to reflect upon what they are able to find time for in their busy lives.

The pope presided over Mass in St. Peter's Basilica, packed with tourists, Italians and other faithful. He waved as he glided up the center aisle on a wheeled platform guided by his aides. As a men's choir chanted, Benedict sprinkled incense around the altar, and wished the faithful "peace" in Latin.

The pontiff prayed that Israelis and Palestinians live in peace and freedom. And he asked the faithful to pray for Syria and Iraq.

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APPHOTO GB123: Pope Benedict XVI holds the pastoral staff as he celebrates the Christmas Eve Mass in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican, Monday, Dec. 24, 2012. Pope Benedict XVI marked Christmas Eve with Mass in St. Peter's Basilica and a pressing question: Will people find room in their hectic, technology-driven lives for children, the poor and God? The pontiff also prayed that Israelis and Palestinians live in peace and freedom, and asked the faithful to pray for strife-torn Syria as well as Lebanon and Iraq. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia) (24 Dec 2012)

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