Pope Francis called all believers for peace and reminded them of the existing conflict zones – in Iraq and Syria, Israel and the Palestinian territories, Lebanon and South Sudan. Also he paid particular attention to the conflict in Ukraine.
In his Urbi et Orbi ("To the City (of Rome) and to the World") message Pope Francis has called for peace in Ukraine and expressed his hope for the early peaceful settlement of the conflict on the Ukrainian territory. He said that he knew about the suffering of the Ukrainian people and stressed on the need to think of the ways for reconciliation and restoration of fraternal relations.
The Pontiff also expressed his hope for resolution of all the conflicts in the world, including the Middle East and the pursuit of children in Pakistan. He said that peace needs to be established in the territory of this region, starting from Jesus" birth place.
"Truly there are so many tears this Christmas. May the power of Christ, which brings freedom and service, be felt in so many hearts afflicted by war, persecution and slavery."