Pope’s Christmas message 2022: Icy winds of war buffet humanity

Tens of thousands of people gathered in St Peter’s Square to listen to the Pope’s traditional “Urbi et Orbi” (Latin for “‘to the city and the world”) speech.

ROME, Metropolitan City of Rome – Pope Francis used his Christmas message on Sunday to lament the “cold winds of war” ravaging humanity and offer an urgent plea for an immediate end to the war in Ukraine, a 10-month conflict that he has denounced as “nonsense.”

At noon local time, Pope Francis delivered the traditional “Urbi et Orbi” (Latin for “‘for the city and the world”) speech from the central balcony of St. Peter’s Basilica. .

Tens of thousands of visitors, pilgrims and Rome residents gathered in St Peter’s Square to listen to the Pope speak and receive the blessing.

Francis also cited long-standing conflicts in the Middle East, including in the Holy Land, “where in recent months violence and confrontation have increased, leading to death and injury.” In addition, he prayed for a lasting ceasefire in Yemen and reconciliation in Iran and Myanmar.

He lamented that at Christmas the “path to peace” is blocked by social forces including “attachment to power and money, arrogance, hypocrisy, hypocrisy”.

“Indeed, we must sadly admit that, even when the Prince of Peace is given to us, the cold winds of war continue to ravage humanity,” Pope Francis said.

“If we want it to be Christmas, the birth of Jesus and peace, let us look to Bethlehem and contemplate the face of the Child born to us,” he said. “And on that small and innocent face, let us see the faces of all the children, everywhere in the world, longing for peace.”

Pope Francis urged the faithful to remember the millions of Ukrainians without electricity or heat on Sunday because of Russia’s attacks on energy infrastructure, as well as the millions of others who are living as refugees. refugees abroad or internally displaced since the 24 February invasion ordered by Russian President Putin.

“Let us also see the faces of our Ukrainian brothers and sisters, who are spending this Christmas in the dark and cold, far from their homes due to the devastation of 10 months of war,” Pope Francis said. Father said.

The Holy Father prayed that the Lord would “enlighten the minds of those who are able to quell the thunder of weapons and bring an immediate end to this senseless war!”

“On this day, as we sit around a spread table, may we not take our eyes off Bethlehem, a town whose name means ‘house of bread’, but think of it all. people, especially children, are starving while growing up. Daily amount of food is wasted and resources are being used for weapons.

“The war in Ukraine has exacerbated this situation, putting the entire population at risk of hunger, especially in Afghanistan and the Horn of Africa countries,” Pope Francis said.

Earlier, mines and Russian naval blockades of Ukrainian ports blocked shipments from Ukraine’s Black Sea ports, one of the world’s largest producers of grain and corn. An agreement brokered by Turkey and the UN sought to resolve the issue.

Gianfranco Stara contributed from Vatican City.

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