Pope Francis Christmas message

Pope Francis gives Christmas message
Pope Francis has appealed for peace in Syria and reconciliation between two Koreas in his traditional Christmas message.The pope read the message at St. Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican on Tuesday.

Regarding Syria, he urged the international community to work for a political solution that can put aside divisions and partisan interests, so that the Syrian people who were forced to leave their own country and seek refuge elsewhere can return to live in peace in their own country.

The pope turned his attention to the Korean peninsula , saying he hopes Christmas consolidates the bonds of fraternity there, and helps the path of rapprochement recently undertaken to continue and to reach agreed solutions capable of ensuring the development and well-being of all.

The pontiff also referred to Yemen, where a civil war has created what’s being called the world’s worst humanitarian crisis. The warring sides this month agreed on a ceasefire in a city regarded as a base for humanitarian aid.

He said he hopes the truce will bring relief to all those children and people exhausted by war and famine.

The pope said differences in races, languages, and cultures are not a detriment or a danger; they are a source of richness. He stressed the importance of fraternity throughout his message.

NHK

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