Bad news crowds out good, Pope says on New Year's Eve

VATICAN CITY Mon Dec 31, 2012 11:23pm IST

Pope Benedict XVI celebrates the First Vespers and Te Deum prayers in Saint Peter's Basilica at the Vatican December 31, 2012. REUTERS/Tony Gentile

Pope Benedict XVI celebrates the First Vespers and Te Deum prayers in Saint Peter's Basilica at the Vatican December 31, 2012.

Credit: Reuters/Tony Gentile

Related Topics

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Grim news grabs more headlines than good works but deeper probing will find a world of love and service hidden in the shadows, Pope Benedict said at his traditional end-of-year Mass on Monday.

The 85-year-old pope, marking the eighth New Year's Eve of his pontificate, celebrated the Vespers and "Te Deum" Mass of thanksgiving in St. Peter's Basilica, during which he urged the faithful to take a step back from negativity in the media.

"Evil makes more noise than goodness: a heinous murder, widespread violence, serious injustices make the news; on the other hand acts of love and service...commonly remain in the shadows," he told thousands of people who attended the Mass.

"We can't just stop at the news if we want to understand the world and life, we have to be capable of standing in silence, in meditation, in calm and prolonged reflection, we have to know how to stop and think," he said.

In the past year the pope has been on visits to Cuba, Mexico and Lebanon but the trial of his former butler, convicted of leaking sensitive documents that alleged corruption in the Holy See, won particular prominence on newspaper front pages.

The leader of the world's 1.2 billion Roman Catholics had also urged people on Christmas Eve to take a step back from their fast paced lives, and try to find a space for God.

Benedict is due to make his traditional New Year address on January 1, the day the Roman Catholic Church calls its annual World Day of Peace.

The pontiff sent his World Day of Peace message to heads of state, government and institutions such as the United Nations earlier in December, calling for a new global economic model and ethical regulations for markets.

FILED UNDER:
Comments (0)
This discussion is now closed. We welcome comments on our articles for a limited period after their publication.

  • Most Popular
  • Most Shared

Mideast Conflict

WORLD SHOWCASE

Russia Sanctions

Russia Sanctions

EU edges to economic sanctions on Russia but narrows scope  Full Article 

Algerie Crash

Algerie Crash

Bad weather seen as probable cause of Air Algerie crash  Full Article 

China Smog

China Smog

Overgrown Beijing slaps new limits on industry in bid to cut smog  Full Article 

Immigration Issue

Immigration Issue

Australia to ship Tamil asylum seekers to its mainland  Full Article 

Iraq Politics

Iraq Politics

Iraq's top cleric sends subtle message to Maliki - step aside  Full Article 

Bus Restrictions

Bus Restrictions

China imposes airline-like restrictions on bus passengers in Xinjiang capital  Full Article 

Maine's Movement

Maine's Movement

Tiny city of Caribou, Maine, faces secessionist movement  Full Article 

Meat Scandal

Meat Scandal

In China meat scandal, McDonald's Japan switches to Thai chicken, no nuggets in Hong Kong  Full Article 

Reuters India Mobile

Reuters India Mobile

Get the latest news on the go. Visit Reuters India on your mobile device.  Full Coverage