Against a backdrop of growing terrorist violence, war and persecution across the world, Pope Francis yesterday used his traditional Christmas address “to the city and to the world” to appeal for a new openness to God’s grace of mercy and peace.
“Only God’s mercy can free humanity from the many forms of evil, at times monstrous evil, which selfishness spawns in our midst,” he said in his Urbi et Orbi address from the loggia of St Peter’s.
The Pope, who has been awarded the prestigious Charlemagne prize in recognition of his work for European unity and conflict resolution, ticked off a long list of protracted conflicts across the world inÂ the Middle East, Africa, Ukraine and Colombia.
He prayed that the United Nations agreement over Syria lead to a cessation of hostilities and the urgent relief of its suffering people, and called for the international community…
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