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Pope's Christmas wish is "fraternity"

Pope Francis greeting the public audience at Saint Peter's Square in the Vatican City, Photo Date: 5/2/2018 / Cropped Photo: mariordo59 / Flickr / CC BY-SA 2.0 / (MGN)
Pope Francis greeting the public audience at Saint Peter's Square in the Vatican City, Photo Date: 5/2/2018 / Cropped Photo: mariordo59 / Flickr / CC BY-SA 2.0 / (MGN)
Published: Dec. 25, 2018 at 12:19 PM PST
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Pope Francis has offered his Christmas wish for fraternity among people of different faiths, races or ideas, urging the world to put aside "partisan interests" to find a political solution to wars in Syria and Yemen and conflicts in Ukraine and on the Korean peninsula.

Addressing tens of thousands of tourists, pilgrims and Romans in St. Peter's Square, Francis says Tuesday that the universal message of Christmas is that "God is a good Father and we are all brothers and sisters."

Without fraternity, the pope says "even our best plans and projects risk being soulless and empty." He adds that "our differences, then, are not a detriment or a danger; they are a source of richness."

Francis made his appeal as trends toward nationalism, fueling suspicion of migrants and refugees, have gained traction in much of the developed world.

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