Pope Francis prayed for world peace in his Christmas message
Italy, December 25, 2013
In his Christmas message, Pope Francisco called for peace in all armed conflicts that have the world on edge. Syria, South Sudan, Nigeria and the Middle East were some of the places mentioned by the Supreme Pontiff.
“True peace is not a balance of opposing forces, it’s not a pure facade, it’s a daily commitment, and it is handmade. It is achieved by receiving the gift of God” he told to thousands of people around the world that gathered for the blessing Urbi et orbi (to the city and the world) for Christmas at the Vatican.
With regard to Syria, he said “I am pleased today to join our prayers for peace in Syria, between believers of different religions. Never lose the power of prayer. Lord gave your peace to Syria and the whole world.”
And he added “It gives peace to the Central African Republic, often forgotten by men. But you, Lord, do not forget anyone and bring peace to this land.”
In addition, Francisco then referred to the Arab-Israeli conflict, in a peace process today. “Bless the earth you chose to come to the world and to come to fruition the relationships between Israel and Palestine. Heal the wounds done by frequent attacks.”
The Pope did not forget the victims of natural disasters, especially those that occurred during 2013. “It assists and protects those who are victims of natural disasters, especially Filipinos, severely hit by the recent typhoon” he said.