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In Christmas Eve Mass, Pope Francis Denounces Societal Excesses

Pope Francis led the world's 1.2 billion Roman Catholics into Christmas on Thursday by celebrating a Christmas Eve Mass at St. Peter's Basilica in Vatican City. In his homily, the pope rebuked what he called society's "intoxication" with consumerism, pleasure, abundance and wealth. Noting the simplicity of Jesus' birth in a stable, Francis said Jesus "calls us to act soberly — in other words, in a way that is simple, balanced, consistent, capable of...

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