Popes Christmas Message
Pope John Paul II observed Friday that the serenity expressed in Christmas carols contrasted sharply with the world’s problems. He urged people not to become resigned to violence and called for an end to weapons production, the death penalty and genocide.
In his traditional “Urbi et Orbi” (to the city and the world) address, the pontiff wished the world a merry Christmas in 58 languages, including Hebrew, Arabic, Albanian and other tongues spoken in some of the world’s trouble spots.
Addressing tens of thousands of people from the central balcony of St. Peter’s Basilica, he spoke of “tragic situations, which often involve human guilt and even malice, soaked in fratricidal hate and senseless violence.”
The pontiff — whose address was televised live to millions of viewers in more than 40 countries — prayed that the light coming from Christ’s birthplace would save humanity from being resigned to the distressing events around the world.
“May the proclamation of Christmas be a source of encouragement to all those who work to bring relief to the tormented situation in the Middle East by respecting international commitments,” said the pope, who appeared tired as he addressed the crowd.
“May Christmas help to strengthen and renew, throughout the world, the consensus concerning the need for urgent and adequate measures to halt the production of arms, to defend human life, to ban the death penalty …,” said the pope, dressed in gold, green and white vestments.
He also asked people to help the small children in need. He says we need to help the orphan children.
That’s a true christmas message…:)
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