Pope Francis Sends Message Of Peace On Christmas Morning

An important time for his words.

Pope Francis has not shied away from current events, and on Christmas morning, things were no different.

The pontiff gave his annual "Urbi et Orbi" ("to the City [Rome] and to the World") speech, addressing both terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. 

"Where God is born, peace is born," the Pope said. "And where peace is born, there is no longer room for hatred and for war. Yet precisely where the incarnate Son of God came into the world, tensions and violence persist, and peace remains a gift to be implored and built."

The Pope called for Israeli and Palestinian governments to once again begin engaging in direct conflict resolution. Some people have interpreted suggestions like they should "reach an agreement which will enable the two peoples to live together in harmony" as his endorsement for a two-state solution. 

He also prayed for peace in Libya and Syria, among other places, making clear references to the Islamic State.

"Such acts do not even spare the historical and cultural patrimony of entire peoples," he said. 

And finally, the Pope once again made a plea for people to be more accepting of refugees and gave praise to those who already have. 

"Nor may our encouragement be lacking to all those fleeing extreme poverty or war, traveling all too often in inhumane conditions and not infrequently at the risk of their lives," the Pope said. "May God repay all those, both individuals and states, who generously work to provide assistance and welcome to the numerous migrants and refugees, helping them to build a dignified future for themselves and for their dear ones, and to be integrated in the societies which receive them."

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