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.
The Pope has used his traditional Urbi et Orbi speech to call for peace in Jerusalem. It was the second time the pontiff has spoken about the issue since the US recognized Jerusalem as Israel's capital.
Pope Francis gifted Turkey's Recep Tayyip Erdogan an "angel of peace" during Erdogan's visit to Vatican. Protesters clashed with police in Rome as the two leaders discussed Jerusalem and other Middle Eastern issues.
Pope Francis is set to visit Chile and Peru on his sixth trip to Latin America. In both countries, the Catholic Church is mired in scandals, and the political situation isn't much better. Dario Menor reports from Rome.
Pope Francis has equated the story of Joseph and Mary to the current refugee crisis during his Christmas Eve Mass. He said the respect for migrants was an integral part of Christianity.
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