Christmas broadcasts are part of the seasonal, worldwide telecasts
of papal ceremonies, including Good Friday, Easter and other major
Foley says that the international telecasts of papal ceremonies
are the most popular religious telecasts in the world. “These
telecasts”, he notes, “provide millions of people around the world,
including many who are not Catholic, with a source of inspiration
and consolation - and a reminder of the true purpose of life.”
Let us ask the Lord to grant us the grace of looking upon
the crib this night with the simplicity of the shepherds,
so as to receive the joy with which they returned home (cf.
Lk 2:20). Let us ask him to give us the humility and the
faith with which Saint Joseph looked upon the child that
Mary had conceived by the Holy Spirit.
MASS HOMILY OF HIS HOLINESS BENEDICT XVI Christmas 2006