The world hungers for peace, says Pope Francis in his Christmas message

Pope Francis called for an end to the war in Ukraine and other conflicts in his Christmas message on Sunday, saying the world was suffering from a “hunger for peace.”

Delivering the blessing and message of his pontificate on the 10th Christmas “Urbi et Orbi” (to the city and the world), he urged people to look beyond the “flat holiday glow” and to the homeless, immigrants, refugees and the poor to help in their country in the midst of a quest for comfort, warmth and sustenance.

“Let’s see the faces of all those children who yearn for peace around the world,” he said, speaking from the central balcony of St. Peter’s Basilica, the same spot from which he first emerged as pope when he was elected on March 13, 2013.

“Let’s also see the faces of our Ukrainian brothers and sisters who are experiencing this Christmas in the dark and cold, far from their homes due to the devastation caused by the ten-month war,” he told tens of thousands of people in the square below.

He spoke just hours after air raid sirens wailed over Ukraine, and a day after Kyiv said at least five people were killed and another 35 wounded in a Russian attack on the recently liberated city of Kherson on Saturday, what President Volodymyr Zelenskyy called wanton Convicted of Killing for Pleasure.

“May the Lord inspire us to offer concrete gestures of solidarity to help all those who are suffering and may he enlighten the minds of those who have the power to silence the roar of arms and bring an immediate end to this senseless war to prepare!” said Franz.

The Ukraine conflict, he said, should not diminish concern for people whose lives have been devastated by other conflicts or humanitarian crises, including Syria, Myanmar, Iran, Haiti and Africa’s Sahel region.

“Our time is experiencing a severe hunger for peace…” he said.

Francis called for a resumption of dialogue between Israelis and Palestinians in the Holy Land, the birthplace of Jesus.

This year has seen the worst violence in the Israeli-occupied West Bank in more than a decade, killing at least 150 Palestinians and more than 20 Israelis.

With many sitting around “a well-set table,” huge amounts of food are wasted every day and resources are spent on weapons, he said.

He again condemned the use of food as a weapon of war, saying the war in Ukraine threatened millions of famines, and mentioned Afghanistan and the Horn of Africa countries.

https://www.independent.ie/world-news/world-is-starving-for-peace-pope-francis-says-in-christmas-message-42243349.html The world hungers for peace, says Pope Francis in his Christmas message

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