18:28 / 25.12.2021.

Author: Domagoj Ferenčić

Croatian faithful celebrate Christmas Day

Cardinal Josip Bozanić

Cardinal Josip Bozanić

Foto: Luka Stanzl / PIXSELL

The Christian faithful in Croatia are celebrating Christmas today. The most important Christian feast of the liturgical calendar, is an annual festival commemorating the birth of Jesus Christ. Observed primarily on December 25th, this religious and cultural event is celebrated by billions of people around the world. It is preceded by the season of Advent or the Nativity Fast and initiates the season of Christmastide, which throughout the West has historically lasted twelve days, culminating on Twelfth Night.

As with many other countries, Christmas Day is a public holiday in Croatia. In his Christmas sermon Zagreb Archbishop Cardinal Josip Bozanić called for true Christmas joy, but also emphasized the need to change societal consciousness with regard to new life, which is the future for our society and the church itself: “The birth of every child allows Christmas to happen again. The birth of every child bring something godly to this world.”

The archbishop served Christmas Mass in the parish of the Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Čučerje, which was one of the hardest hit areas in Zagreb during the 5.5 magnitude earthquake that rocked Zagreb on March 22nd of 2020. As such he also called for solidarity among people, and called on those responsible to accelerate the reconstruction process: “I am glad that we are here in these temporary facilities. I want to share with you the wounds that we bear in our souls and on our bodies because of the earthquake. I want to see the damage caused by the earthquake. For this reason I am issuing an appeal to everyone, especially those in position of authority, at the national and city level, to speed up the process.”

He concluded that Christmas is a time of peace and hope, and that this is especially true this Christmas.

Source: HRT

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