During the Angelus prayer on the first Sunday of Advent, Pope Francis gave the believers advice on how to spend Christmas in times of the corona pandemic. The Argentine Pope called for simplicity, attention to one’s neighbor and simple prayer among the family.
The Pope appealed to the faithful not to lapse into pessimism, apathy and reticence in the face of the pandemic and the economic crisis that worries many people. Advent is a “time of hope”: “God is by our side to support us and accompanies us to instill courage in times of suffering and challenges,” said the Holy Father.
Before the Angelus, the Pope celebrated mass with eleven of the 13 cardinals he had appointed on Saturday. It was the seventh consistory through Francis since 2014. One of the cardinals’ main tasks is to elect a new Pope in the conclave. There are now a total of 229 cardinals. Only 128 are likely to take part in an election for the Pope, as the age limit is 80 years.