Pope calls for peace in ‘Urbi et Orbi’ Christmas message


Pope Francis has called on people to renounce evilness and suffering during the Urbi et Orbi (To the City and to the World) message that he delivered at the balcony of St. Peter’s Basilica on December 25.

Where God is born, hope is born. Where God is born, peace is born. And where peace is born, there is no longer room for hatred and for war,” the leader of the Roman Catholic Church said, speaking about the armed conflicts experienced in the countries of France, Egypt, Lebanon, Mali, Tunisia, Syria, Iraq, Libya, Yemen, and sub-Saharan Africa.

The pope has also cited the peace agreement sponsored by the United Nations; praying that it may succeed at the soonest possible time to end violent attacks, especially those that were initiated by religious extremists.

We pray to the Lord that the agreement reached in the United Nations may succeed in halting as quickly as possible the clash of arms in Syria and in remedying the extremely grave humanitarian situation of its suffering people,” he added.

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Last December 8, the Church leader has launched the Jubilee Year of Mercy to encourage Christians to welcome God’s mercy in their lives, and to share this mercy to other people.

Speaking about this jubilee, the pope said, “Only God’s mercy can free humanity from the many forms of evil, at times monstrous evil, which selfishness spawns in our midst.”