Pope Francis’ words of hope during the Christmas Urbi et Orbi message in Rome
Pope Francis sent a message of hope on Wednesday to tens of thousands of pilgrims and tourists gathered in St. Peter’s Square in Rome.
In his Christmas message Urbi et Orbi, the sovereign pontiff had thoughts for the victims of armed conflicts around the world. He added that the light of Christ was greater than the darkness of economic, geopolitical and ecological conflicts.
The Pope has looked into the plight of the Syrian people who remain unable to foresee the end of the violence that has ravaged their country for ten years, as well as the quest for peace in Israel, the serious humanitarian crisis in Yemen and the tensions in Lebanon, Iraq and Venezuela.
He also offered prayers of hope to the African peoples of Burkina Faso, Mali, Niger and Nigeria who are persecuted because of their religious beliefs, and to that of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, struggling with unrelenting violence. .