Pope's Christmas message urges peace in troubled lands
December 25th, 2010
08:35 AM ET

Pope's Christmas message urges peace in troubled lands

In his traditional Christmas message delivered Saturday to crowds braving winter's chill, Pope Benedict XVI urged peace in the Middle East and asked for God's comfort upon beleaguered Christian communities in Iraq and elsewhere in the region.

The annual "To the City and the World address, known in Latin as "Urbi et Orbi," mentioned other global hot spots.

The pope wished for security in places overcome by conflict like Somalia, Sudan's Darfur region, Ivory Coast, Afghanistan and the Korean peninsula and those nations like Haiti that are grappling with the consequences of disease and natural disaster.

"May the light of Christmas shine forth anew in the Land where Jesus was born, and inspire Israelis and Palestinians to strive for a just and peaceful coexistence," Benedict said in the speech delivered in 64 languages, from English and Latin to Maori and Maltese.

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  1. banasy

    Thanks for sticking up for me. Wish I was at your party!

    The beauty of the internet is that one can post what they want under as many names as they want. It's anonymous; one can "hide behind the
    keyboard", as it were. If one believes in what one is posting, no apologies are ever necessary, are they?
    Simplistic in its honesty, wouldn't you say?

    December 26, 2010 at 12:38 am | Report abuse |
  2. ***dude***

    Ahkmed: creative creation! Ya got me worried! Maybe Dr Bad was just a character!

    December 26, 2010 at 6:37 am | Report abuse |
  3. phil

    Good morning everyone. banasy, thanks for not being upset with me. And I was apologizing not for what I posted, but the less than honest way I went about it. There are good-hearted Muslim's defending thei land just as Allah commands. They aren't the "terrorists" we've been led to believe. We would do the same. The true terrorists are those who forsake their families and their God in this mad quest for oil and riches.

    December 26, 2010 at 8:05 am | Report abuse |
  4. phil

    Hey there ThomasD! Thanks for taking it in stride. Your 'message recieved' post above means a great deal to me. Thank you. (Have you seen tomcat around lately?)

    December 26, 2010 at 8:10 am | Report abuse |
  5. phil

    @blak...thank's for replying. But take a look at pictures of the invading forces. Many of them are people of color. Not only military, but corporate invaders as well. Greed does not care what color you are. When the local Muslim's defending their families and land against these invaders capture one who professes to be Muslim, he is dealt with most harshly. Allah commands them "But if they turn renegade, sieze them and slay them wherever you find them." (the Koran, Sura 4:89)

    December 26, 2010 at 8:44 am | Report abuse |
  6. phil

    @***dude***, thanks. I was just trying to imagine how a genuine Muslim defending his families land against the invaders might feel, and what he might say if he were here. And how he might feel about his government and many of his neighbors siding with the invaders, seeking to kill him in the name of God and fighting terror.

    December 26, 2010 at 8:53 am | Report abuse |
  7. ThomasD

    No, Phil. Havent seen Tomcat. I havent been here much for a couple days though.

    December 26, 2010 at 9:26 am | Report abuse |
  8. phil

    Oh. Hope he's ok...he missed the adventures of Ahkmed the terror guy. I thought he'd get a kick out of it.

    December 26, 2010 at 3:58 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Samsta

    We all money greed and power turn commoner into slave driven, dictator and oppression to death is the toys and games. the question is how do we voice and act to reverse the outcome of these selfish basterds that play with human life like pupets.

    December 27, 2010 at 12:34 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Samsta

    Of course senior bush assinated jfk and ploted 911 against humanity. they hide behind the bushes of klan republican.

    December 27, 2010 at 12:44 pm | Report abuse |
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