In his Christmas address, Pope Francis spoke of the violence in the Middle East. He offered encouragement to those fleeing war and poverty, and thanked those who gave them refuge. But the high point came with the traditional Urbi et Orbi blessing.
At the Vatican, Pope Francis has delivered his traditional Christmas message. Security was tight as thousands gathered to listen. The pontiff addressed issues of conflict and terrorism.
US President Donald Trump and Pope Francis are worlds apart in their beliefs. One has faith in the power of money, the other in the power of mercy. What could they possibly have to say each other?
In his message for Easter Sunday, Pope Francis described the Aleppo bomb blast which left 112 people dead as "ignoble." He spoke in favor of those helping the civilian population and the victims of the Syrian war.
In his Christmas Eve homily, Pope Francis said Christmas has been "taken hostage" by dazzling materialism. He urged compassion for children, notably victims of war and migration, but also those "not allowed to be born."
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