In his annual Christmas message Pope John Paul said he was troubled by what was happening in Iraq. Thousands of people gathered in St Peter’s Square to hear his traditional “Urbi and Orbi” speech in front of the Vatican.He told them and millions of others watching on television that it was important to find a peaceful solution to the conflict there. This is Pope John Paul’s 27th Christmas as leader of the Roman Catholic Church and today’s message was his shortest ever. It was clear that the 84 year-old Pontiff had difficulty reading his speech Its been a busy two days for the Pope. Last night he also said he was preoccupied by the situation in the Middle East.In his Christmas mass for the world’s one billion Catholics he prayed for peace in the region.