On the occasion of Christmas, Pope Francis delivered his annual traditional Christmas Day message Urbi et Orbi (“to the city and to the world”) on Wednesday, using it to call for the end of a range of political crises coming across Lebanon that he described as “a country of coexistence in harmony.”
In the traditional Urbi et Orbi, Christmas message has become an occasion for popes to address suffering in the world and press for solutions. Pope Francis addressed tens of thousands of worshipers and tourists from the balcony of Saint Peter’s Basilica in Rome, emphasizing that global change begins in individual human hearts.
He expressed his hope and prayers for the Lebanese people amid the protests and unrest Lebanon has been facing, asking the Lebanese people “to rediscover their vocation to be a message of freedom and harmonious coexistence for all.”
In his message, he also called on the international community to ensure peace and security in the Middle East, especially Syria and the Syrian people “who still see no end to the hostilities that have torn their country over the last decade.”
Pope Francis sent out his message following a Sunday Angelus prayer. He then called out for protestors to find a reasonable solution with the government using the path of dialogue, so the conflict eases up sooner than expected for the sake of the Lebanese people.
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