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Pope Francis issues plea for peace in the Middle East in Christmas Day address

Pope Francis has used his traditional Christmas Day address urging people to overcome their religious and cultural differences to end conflict in Syria, Yemen and elsewhere in the Middle East. Delivering his sixth “Urbi et Orbi” address to 50,000 people gathered in Saint Peter’s Square on Tuesday, the pope said Jesus Christ had given the world “fraternity”  and differences should not be seen as a “detriment or a danger” but “a source of richness”. “My wish for a happy Christmas is a wish for fraternity,” the pope said. “All of us are brothers and sisters in humanity.” Just days after Donald Trump, the US president, announced he would withdraw American troops from Syria and urged Saudi Arabia to help rebuild the country, the pope called for an urgent political solution that would allow millions of Syrian refugees to return home. “May the international community work decisively for a political solution that can put aside divisions and partisan interests, so that the Syrian people, especially all those who were forced to leave their own lands and seek refuge elsewhere, can return to live in peace in their own country,” the pope said. “Urbi et Orbi” means “to the city and the world”. Pope Francis

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Pope Francis has used his traditional Christmas Day address urging people to overe their religious and cultural differences to end conflict in Syria, Yemen and elsewhere in the Middle East. Francis, the first Latin American pope, has made immigration issues a cornerstone of his leadership. In a speech to Central American bishops on Thursday, he encouraged them to wele migrants into their church munities and, has responded to new reports of clerical ual abuse and ecclesial cover-up of abuse. an impassioned letter ed to whole People of God, he calls on Church to be Tags: pope, francis, letter, people, Pope Francis Issues Lengthy Apostolic has issued a long apostolic exhortation on holess to’s world, which he emphasizes universal call to sanctity, highlights pitfalls to achievg it, and recalls admonished Roman Catholic Church leaders coverg up abuse scandals and dulgg “gossip and slander” to duck blame, accordg to a letter to U.S. bishops released

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