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Remember Ukraine, Palestine, and Israel this Christmas, says Pope Francis

The Holy Father asked the faithful for prayers for Ukraine, Palestine, and Israel, which are suffering, during his weekly General Audience on Wednesday.

Pope Francis acknowledged the Ukrainian ambassador to the Holy See, Andrii Yurash, who was present in the audience.

“Let us not forget the peoples who suffer the evil of war.  Wars are always a defeat. Let us not forget this. A defeat. Only arms manufacturers gain,” said the Holy Father. 

He implored the faithful to “go to the crib and ask Jesus for peace. He is the Prince of Peace” as he emphasized the connection between the Nativity scene and work for peace. 

“I also greet the group of Mediterranea Saving Humans, who are here, and who go out to sea to save the poor people fleeing slavery in Africa.  They do a great job, they save a lot of people,” said Pope Francis at the end of his message to the General Audience.  (MTV)


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