Pope Francis asked people this Christmas to “do something good”, during his homily during the Christmas Eve Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican on Saturday.
“God does not want appearances, but the concrete”, said the pope.
“May we not let this Christmas pass without doing something good.”
Earlier this month, Francis asked people to spend less on Christmas gifts and give money to Ukrainians instead.
The Vatican has set up a webpage for donations and partnered with the Italian crowdfunding site to provide winter thermal clothing in Ukraine.
The Italian crowdfunding site, www.eppela.com, has already received more than 188,000 euros ($200,000). The Vatican said it was collecting donations until early January.
Francis, who remained seated for most of the Mass due to a persistent knee problem, also spoke of the children “consumed by war, poverty and injustice”, who are victims “of a world hungry for money, power and pleasure,” he said.
The pope encouraged people to feel closer to God, regardless of their situation in life.
“God was born in a manger so you could be reborn right where you thought you had hit rock bottom,” he said.