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A book, written by the Pope in 2012, attempts to set the record straight regarding Christmas traditions. In the book entitled, “Jesus of Nazareth – The Infancy Narratives,” the pope says there are several myths surrounding the celebration of Christmas that need to be addressed. Contrary to many popular carols, the Gospel accounts do not indicate that the angels sang when they announced the broth to the shepherds. Gospel accounts do not provide evidence that there were any cattle present when Jesus was born either. While those things are not supported by the Gospel accounts, the pope is not saying that they should be removed from the celebration either. He says the book was written to show that the Jesus depicted in the Bible is as real historical figure who walked on earth and talked to with real people. Monsignor Philip Whitmore, who translated the book into English says the purpose is to show how the infancy narratives pick up on Old testament theme and develop them in new ways. Whitmore added, “The pope helps us understand the world where Jesus was born, Caesar brought peace to the Roman Empire, but this tiny child brought something much more wonderful: God’s peace, eternal life, an end to sin and death.” — Jim L. Wilson and Jim Sandell

Pope’s book on Jesus challenges Christmas traditions, by Laura Smith-Spark, http://www.cnn.com/2012/11/22/world/europe/vatican-pope-jesus-book/index.html, Accessed November 23, 2012.

Isaiah 9:6 (ESV) “For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.”

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