December 24, 2012

Urging Catholics to “pick up the Bible” and read it during the Year of Faith, Pope Benedict said the Scriptures recount the story of God’s love for humanity and the steps he took in history to save all men and women.

“That which enlightens and gives full meaning to the history of the world and of the human person began to shine in the grotto of Bethlehem.

It is the mystery we soon will contemplate at Christmas: our salvation in Jesus Christ,” the pope said Dec. 12 during his weekly general audience.

The word “advent” means “coming” or “presence,” he said.

“For us Christians, Advent indicates a wonderful and moving reality: God himself has crossed the threshold of heaven.”