Pope Francis delivers his "Urbi et Orbi" (to the City and to the World) message from the central balcony of St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican, Wednesday, Dec. 25, 2013. Pope Francis on Christmas day is wishing for a better world, with peace for the land of Jesus' birth, for Syria and Africa as well as for the dignity of migrants and refugees fleeing misery and conflict. Francis spoke from the central balcony of St. Peter's Basilica Wednesday to tens of thousands of tourists, pilgrims and Romans in the square below. He said he was joining in the song of Christmas angels with all those hoping "for a better world," and with those who "care for others, humbly." (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)
Pope to atheists: Work with us for peace
Christmas address » Francis addresses world’s 1.2 billion Roman Catholics, calls for end to violence in Syria and parts of Africa.
By JIM YARDLEY
| The New York Times
First Published Dec 25 2013 03:52 pm • Last Updated Dec 25 2013 06:21 pm
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