Pope Francis said the world was suffering from a “famine of peace” and called for an end to the “senseless war” in Ukraine during his annual Vatican message on Christmas Day.
Before delivering his tenth “Urbi et Orbi” – a blessing for the city of Rome and the world – Pope Francis urged people to look beyond the “superficial twinkles of the holidays” and help those who are struggling to worldwide.
“Let’s see the faces of all those children all over the world yearning for peace,” he said Sunday, speaking from the central balcony of St. Peter’s Basilica.
“Let us also see the faces of our Ukrainian brothers and sisters who live this Christmas in the dark and the cold, far from home because of the ravages caused by ten months of war.
While the war in Ukraine, now in its 10th month, was the focus of much of his 10-minute address, the pope also noted that a ‘peace famine’ threatened other corners. of the world.
“The war in Ukraine has further aggravated this situation, putting entire peoples at risk of starvation, especially in Afghanistan and the countries of the Horn of Africa,” he said.
“We know that every war causes hunger and harnesses food as a weapon, hindering its distribution to people who are already suffering,” he added, noting that leaders should make food “only an instrument of peace.” .
As the world celebrates the birth of the Prince of Peace, humanity is experiencing a “serious famine of peace”, the Pope said, citing conflicts and humanitarian crises in the Middle East, Myanmar, Haiti and the Sahel region in Africa.
He also called for a resumption of dialogue between Israelis and Palestinians in the Holy Land, the birthplace of Jesus. The pope made a similar call in November following deadly bombings in Jerusalem and clashes in the occupied West Bank.
His message was followed by the traditional Urbi et Orbi blessing, recited in Latin as well as many other languages for the public to see in the Vatican and around the world.
With post wires.