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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2430

Pope Benedict XVI urged a solution to conflicts across the world including Sri Lanka

Vatican City, 26 December, (Asiantribune.com) Pope Benedict XVI in his Christmas Day address, mentioned of violence in Sri Lanka Lebanon, Iraq, Darfur and the whole of Africa, as Ethiopian fighter jets bombed airports in Somalia and more people died in bombings in Iraq.Pope Benedict greets faithful on the Christmas day, as he appears from the velvet-draped loggia of St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican to deliver his ''Urbi et Orbi'' message.Pope Benedict greets faithful on the Christmas day, as he appears from the velvet-draped loggia of St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican to deliver his ''Urbi et Orbi'' message.

Pope yesterday in his traditional "Urbi et Orbi" speech — Latin for "to the city and to the world." urged a solution to conflicts across the world, especially in the Middle East and Africa, in a Christmas Day address that included an appeal for the poor, the exploited, and all those who suffer.

Pope John Paul II, Christmas Day message has become an occasion to review progress and setbacks for humanity. Benedict noted on Monday that despite its modern-day successes, the world remains in desperate need of a savior.

"This humanity of the 21st century appears as sure and self-sufficient master of its own destiny, the avid proponent of uncontested triumphs," the pope said. "Yet this is not the case. People continue to die of hunger and thirst, disease and poverty, in this age of plenty and unbridled consumerism."

"Some people remain enslaved, exploited and stripped of their dignity; others are victims of racial and religious hatred, hampered by intolerance and discrimination," Benedict said.

It is for this reason, the pope said, that Jesus Christ is reborn.

"For he knows that even today we need him," Benedict said. "Despite humanity's many advances, man has always been the same: a freedom poised between good and evil, between life and death."

"With deep apprehension I think, on this festive day, of the Middle East, marked by so many grave crises and conflicts, and I express my hope that the way will be opened to a just and lasting peace," Benedict said Monday.

The Pope singled out the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in his speech.

"I place in the hands of the divine Child of Bethlehem the indications of a resumption of dialogue between the Israelis and the Palestinians, which we have witnessed in recent days, and the hope of further encouraging developments," the pontiff said from a balcony overlooking St. Peter's Square.

At the end of his speech, the pope delighted the tens of thousands of pilgrims and tourists who packed the sunlit square by delivering Christmas greetings in more than 60 languages.

- Asian Tribune -

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