Pope Francis prays for peace in Middle East during his Christmas message

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Pope Francis has issued a Christmas Day prayer for peace in Middle East.

According to details, during his Christmas day sermon, Pope Francis has urged for peace in the Middle East. He prayed that may the UN-backed peace processes initiated for Syria and Libya may speedily end the afflictions of Syrian and Libyan people, while disapproving the “monstrous evil” and violence they have had to undergo. He also praised the western countries that have taken in refugees from war-torn countries.

While delivering his Christmas message from the central balcony of St. Peter’s Basilica, the Pontiff issue a request to all Catholics so that they may be actively spreading the church’s message of mercy in a world torn by war, poverty and extremist attacks.

Pope Francis also referred to the “brutal acts of terrorism” which was noticed in Paris, in addition to attacks in Egypt’s airspace and in Beirut, Mali and Tunisia. He condemned the in progress conflicts in Africa, the Middle East and Ukraine. He delivered a consolation message to Christians being persecuted for their faith in various parts of the world. “They are our martyrs of today,” he said.

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While referring to Islamic State terror group; the Pontiff urged the entire international community to direct its attention to Syria, Iraq, Libya, Yemen and sub-Saharan Africa, “where violence even now reap numerous victims, cause immense suffering and do not even spare the historical and cultural patrimony of entire peoples.”

“Only God’s mercy can free humanity from the many forms of evil, at times monstrous evil, which selfishness spawns in our midst,” he said.

“We pray to the Lord that the agreement reached in the United Nations may succeed in halting as quickly as possible the clash of arms in Syria and in remedying the extremely grave humanitarian situation of its suffering people. It is likewise urgent that the agreement on Libya be supported by all, so as to overcome the grave divisions and violence afflicting the country.”