JERUSALEM – The Assembly of Catholic Ordinaries of the Holy Land wishes you a Merry Christmas. The joy of the gospel fills the hearts and lives of all who encounter Jesus. Those who accept his offer of salvation are set free from sin, sorrow, inner emptiness and loneliness. With Christ joy is constantly born anew. ( Apostolic Exhortation Evangelii Gaudium of the Holy Father Francis , 24 November 2013).