Again, no one knows. Currently, there is a christian group somewhere in Europe that celebrates Christmas Day as Jan 6th or 7th. They have been doing so for centuries. So, for them, the whole pagan holiday, winter solstice, etc...doesn't even come into play.
Agree...Joe..no one knows. And I dont worry about it at all..His Birthday is not important to me at all. No birthday is important to me as I decided some years past to stop with all of them.
When I learned to think ouside the box of most manmade tradition and custom...I realized the importance of Jesus the Christ for Remission of Sins...is for whom He died...for whom He shed His Blood...not His birthday.
From there I began to look at other things or indexes of man made custom and tradition around me and I realized much of it was after the pattern of which the Hebrews were disobedient to the Law of Moses.
Well...I hope you get the idea here. I laughed to my self very hard when I read the title of this post...that it was the Pope's statement. It is very funny when you know the simplicity of the Truth.