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Pope Francis condemns ‘virus’ of Christmas consumerism

Speaking at the Vatican on one of the biggest shopping weekends of the year, Pope Francis has said people should “resist the dazzling lights of consumption” ahead of Christmas.
Pope Francis has slammed rampant consumerism leading up to Christmas, describing it as “a virus that attacks the faith at the roots.”
Speaking at Mass at the Vatican on the first day of Advent, Francis said consumerism makes people believe that life depends only on what they own and not on faith.
“We must overcome the temptation that the meaning of life is accumulation,” he said Sunday, calling on believers to “resist the dazzling lights of consumption, which will shine everywhere this month.”
“When you live for things, things are never enough, greed grows, other people become obstacles in a race,” he said in his homily, decrying that in many places in the world today “consumerism reigns supreme.”
The comments landed in between Black Friday and Cyber Monday, the two busiest Christmas shopping days in such places as the United States.
The US National Retail Federation estimates Americans will spend around $730 billion (€662 billion) this holiday season.
Sunday Olatunji
Dele Fashomi, seasoned journalist and communication teacher, is a holder of Master of Arts degree in Communication and Language Arts from the University of Ibadan in 1992/93. Earlier, he had bagged a Bachelor degree from the same university in 1984, after which he proceeded to the Nigerian Institute of Journalism, Lagos, in 1990, for a postgraduate diploma in Journalism. He had done many courses in communication, including the EU-BBC Editing Course in 2002. Mr. Fashomi combines effectively the practice, research and teaching of communication. And to date, he has published two academic works in communication: Issues in Communication Technology and Policy (2010) and Economic and Social Issues in Advertising and PR (2013). He had his first break in the Nigerian media in Concord Newspapers in 1990 and today, he has over two and half decades experience earned in several newspapers. He has been part of many start-ups, such as The Republic (1987), The Comet (1999), The Anchor 2001 - 2002; Sun Newspapers (2003); Westerner newsmagazine (2005 - 2010) as Editor; National Life (2011) as Sunday Editor, and Newswatch Newspapers (2012- 2016) as Daily Editor. Dele Fashomi is now the Publisher/Editor-in-Chief of Newstide247.com newspaper online, which he started in July 2015. He is also into biography writing, with many books in his trail, some of which he wrote alone and one he co- authored with his mentor, Mr Dare Babarinsa, entitled:  Olabiyi Durojaiye - DARE TO BE DiFFERENT. He also guided and collaborated with Pa Olatunji Odusanya in writing his autobiography - AGAINST ALL ODDS. There are many other books in the works under his pen.
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