VATICAN CITY -Sunday, Pope Benedict XVI called for an end to violence in Syria and the resumption of Israeli-Palestinian dialogue in Rome during his Christmas message and blessing “Urbi et Orbi” (to the city and the world) .
The pontiff was speaking 84 years old from the central loggia of St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome, in front of thousands of pilgrims and tourists gathered on the Place Saint-Pierre.
“May the Lord help the wounded humanity of many conflicts which still today bloody the earth,” said the Pope. He said to pray that God gives “peace and stability to the earth he has chosen to come into the world, encouraging the resumption of dialogue between Israelis and Palestinians. He should stop violence in Syria, where a lot of blood has already been paid. ”
“That supports the full reconciliation and stability in Iraq and Afghanistan. It gives renewed vigor for the edification of the common good, to all parts of society in the countries of North Africa and Middle East, “the Pope continued.
He also mentioned the plight of people affected by drought in the Horn of Africa and floods in Thailand and the Philippines, before delivering his Christmas greetings in 65 languages.
Saturday night at Midnight Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica, the Pope appeared tired and spent part of his travels on a rolling platform. “Today, Christmas celebration became a trade such as flicker hide the mystery of the humility of God,” lamented the Pope.
“Let us pray the Lord to help us through the eyes gleaming facades of the time to find behind the child in the stable of Bethlehem,” he added.