The Pope has prayed for a softening of “stony and self-centred hearts” to help end injustice in the world, in his Christmas Day message.
From the Vatican balcony, Pope Francis spoke of “walls of indifference” being put up to people fleeing hardship in the hope of discovering a higher life. The Pope prayed for these hit by battle, pure disasters and illness, itemizing a number of nations.
He singled out components of Africa the place Christians had been killed. Speaking beneath a clear blue sky to 1000’s crowded into St Peter’s Square, the Pope urged “comfort to those who are persecuted for their religious faith, especially missionaries and members of the faithful who have been kidnapped, and to the victims of attacks by extremist groups, particularly in Burkina Faso, Mali, Niger and Nigeria”.
Earlier, in a uncommon joint message with two different Western Church leaders, the Pope appealed for peace in South Sudan. In their statement, the pontiff, the head of the Anglican Church and the former moderator of the Church of Scotland known as for “a renewed commitment to the path of reconciliation and fraternity”.
In what was his seventh “Urbi et Orbi” (“To the City and the World”) Christmas Day handle, the Pope additionally highlighted different hotspots of unrest together with Syria, Lebanon, Yemen, Iraq, Venezuela, Ukraine and the Holy Land. For change to occur for the higher, he stated, people had to be extra compassionate.
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“May [God] soften our often stony and self-centred hearts, and make them channels of His love. May He bring His smile, through our poor faces, to all the children of the world: to those who are abandoned and those who suffer violence,” he stated.
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