Pope starts Rome holiday season, prays for jobless

For those of you who may not know, today is the Feast of Immaculate Conception, where many celebrate the tradition that Mary herself was immaculately conceived.

ROME – Pope Benedict XVI is praying for those who lost jobs or are struggling to pay bills as Rome’s holiday season began with a traditional appearance by the pontiff near the Spanish Steps.

Thousands of Romans and tourists crowded into the square near Rome’s posh shopping streets to hear Benedict pray Monday afternoon near a statue of the Virgin Mary.

Rome’s holiday season begins every Dec. 8, when the pontiff arrives in his popemobile in the square at the foot of the Spanish Steps.

Benedict said he was asking the Virgin Mary to help families struggling to make ends meet and those who can’t find work or who have just lost their jobs. He said he hoped those suffering would feel the “warmth of God’s love.”

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Joel L. Watts holds a Masters of Arts from United Theological Seminary with a focus in literary and rhetorical criticism of the New Testament. He is currently a Ph.D. student at the University of the Free State, analyzing Paul’s model of atonement in Galatians. He is the author of Mimetic Criticism of the Gospel of Mark: Introduction and Commentary (Wipf and Stock, 2013), a co-editor and contributor to From Fear to Faith: Stories of Hitting Spiritual Walls (Energion, 2013), and Praying in God's Theater, Meditations on the Book of Revelation (Wipf and Stock, 2014).

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