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Pope's Christmas address: a call for peace

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Pope's Christmas address: a call for peace

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“Never lose hope for peace” is the key message of Pope Benedict XVI to the world this Christmas.

To an audience of tens of thousands in St Peters square in Rome, and millions listening around the world, he singled out what he called “terrorism against Christians in Nigeria”.

He also spoke of the the plight of the Syrians, as civil war continues to ravage their country.

“Once again I appeal for an end to the bloodshed in Syria, easier access for the relief of refugees and the displaced, and dialogue in the pursuit of a political solution to the conflict”, the Pope said.