“The birth of Jesus is not a fairytale! It is the story of a real event, which occurred in Bethlehem two thousand years ago.
"Faith allows us to recognise in the Child born to the Virgin Mary the true Son of God, made man for our love. In the face of the child Jesus we contemplate the face of God, who did not show Himself to us in strength, in power, but in the weakness and fragility of a newborn. This is our God, who comes so close to us, as a child.
"This Child shows the trust and tenderness of the boundless love with which God surrounds each one of us.
"This is why we celebrate Christmas, reliving the same experience of the shepherds of Bethlehem."