Francis calls for peace for Jerusalem

Pope Francis has used his traditional Christmas Day message to call for peace for Jerusalem and dialogue between Israelis and Palestinians.

The Pope prayed for the peaceful coexistence of two states within mutually agreed and internationally recognized borders.

The Roman Catholic leader gave his Urbi et Orbi speech, which in Latin means “To the city and world”, in Saint Peter’s Square.

The Pope also urged followers to pray for peace in Syria and Iraq while highlighting the struggles of the children of Yemen, an ongoing conflict that has largely been forgotten, he said.

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