Pope gets political in Christmas address


Pope Francis inserted politics into his Christmas address.  The Pope urged people from around the world to look for Jesus “in the faces of little children” suffering in war-torn and conflict-riven regions from the Middle East to Africa to the Korean Peninsula.

He prayed for peace, and said that “the winds of war are blowing in our world and an outdated model of development continues to produce human, societal and environmental decline.”

He gave his address from the Vatican Monday. The people in the packed crowd heard Francis call for a negotiated two-state solution to end the Israeli-Palestinian conflict as he highlighted children suffering “because of growing tensions between Israelis and Palestinians.”  His comments mark the second time he’s mentioned Israel since Trump made his announcement earlier the month about moving the US Embassy to Jerusalem.


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