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Catholics Celebrate Christmas By Turning Thoughts Toward Hope

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Cardinal Sean O'Malley gives a blessing to a homeless man on Christmas morning. (Carl Stevens/WBZ)

Cardinal Sean O’Malley gives a blessing to a homeless man on Christmas morning. (Carl Stevens/WBZ)

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BOSTON (CBS) — Around the world, Christians are celebrating the birth of the savior.

In Boston, Cardinal Sean O’Malley celebrated at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross and then delivered a special message to those without a home this Christmas.

Wearing his customary sandals even on a cold Christmas morning, he told the homeless at the St. Francis House that there is hope.

“Christmas is a time we remember how much God loves us and being aware of how loved we are, we have to share that with others,” O’Malley said.

Being at the St. Francis House it was only fitting, O’Malley share a bit about the saint himself.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Carl Stevens reports

O’Malley told the people St. Francis is credited with creating the first crèche so those unable to read, would be able to understand the story of Jesus’ birth.

O’Malley’s message of hope echoed the remarks of Pope Francis.

Delivering his first Christmas message as Pope, the Pope encouraged people to choose light over darkness by performing acts of love and kindness and avoiding acts of pride and deceit.

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