Pope Francis today called for hope “for the entire American continent, where various nations are experiencing a period of social and political unrest” and encouragement to the “Venezuelan people long affected by political and social tensions”.
During the traditional Christmas message, from the balcony of St. Peter's Basilica, Pope Francis spoke of the conflicts in the world, as on other occasions, and began by stressing the “darkness” in human hearts, in personal and family relationships, and economic, geopolitical and ecological conflicts, stressing the "light of Christ".
In his message, the Pope called for “the little son of Bethlehem to be hope for the entire American continent, where various nations are going through a period of social and political unrest,” but not to mention the countries he spoke of.
Wishing to “encourage the beloved Venezuelan people, long affected by political and social tensions, to receive the help they need,” the Pope urged them to bless “the efforts of all those who strive for justice and reconciliation, and they strive to overcome the various crises and the many forms of poverty that offend the dignity of each person. ”
In his analysis of the current conflicts, the Pope recalled the war in Syria, the situation in Lebanon and Iraq, and also mentioned the people who are persecuted for their faith and “especially the missionaries and the kidnapped faithful, and those who are victims ”of attacks by“ extremist groups, especially in Burkina Faso, Mali, Niger and Nigeria ”.