Pope Francis, in his Christmas message to the world, urged people on Tuesday to see differences as a source of richness instead of danger and called for reconciliation in places torn apart by conflict.
Francis delivered the traditional papal “Urbi et Orbi” message to tens of thousands of people in a sunny St. Peter’s Square from the same basilica balcony where he first appeared as pontiff shortly after his election on March 13, 2013.
Francis, 82, called for the resumption of dialogue between Israelis and Palestinians to “undertake a journey of peace that can put an end to a conflict that for over 70 years has lacerated the land chosen by the Lord to show his face of love”.
Pope Francis vows that Catholic Church will "never again" cover up cases of clergy sex abuse, demands that priests who have raped, molested children turn themselves in. https://t.co/yhirrIfR1g
— The Associated Press (@AP) December 21, 2018
Pope Francis has pleaded for fraternity “among individuals of every nation and culture” in his annual Christmas message at St. Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican https://t.co/K5vlpFuwz7
— CNN International (@cnni) December 25, 2018
The Pope has encouraged people to choose love over greed this Christmas 🎄 https://t.co/VfikxoEgTC
— Sky News (@SkyNews) December 25, 2018
— Al Jazeera News (@AJENews) December 25, 2018