Pope's Christmas wish: hope for a better world

Pope's Christmas wish: hope for a better world

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VATICAN CITY, VATICAN - DECEMBER 24: A view of St. Peter's Basilica during the Christmas night mass leads by Pope Francis on December 24, 2013 in Vatican City, Vatican. Pope Francis celebrates the first Christmas of his pontificate. (Photo by Franco Origlia/Getty Images)

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Associated Press

Posted on December 25, 2013 at 5:03 AM

Updated Wednesday, Dec 25 at 11:15 AM

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis 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.

In his Christmas message today, the pope spoke from the central balcony of St. Peter's Basilica to tens of thousands of people in the square below.

Francis singled out Syria, South Sudan, the Central African Republic, Nigeria and Iraq as places ravaged by conflict.

And he also prayed for fruitful peace talks between Israelis and Palestinians.

The pope 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."

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