VATICAN CITY (CNS): In Christmas celebrations shadowed by war and violence around the globe, Pope John Paul II pleaded for the world to save its children and deliver them from situations of hunger, suffering and conflict.
Like the newborn Jesus more than 2000 years ago, today’s children can remind people of the need to overcome divisions, the Pope said at his Christmas blessing in St Peter’s Square.
He said the Christ child in the manger reflects the face of “every little child who is born, of whatever race or nation”.
But too many children today are condemned from birth to suffer the effects of “cruel conflicts” around the globe, he said.
“Let us save the children in order to save the hope of humanity,” the Pope said to the applause of some 50,000 people gathered in the square.
Throughout the Pope’s Christmas activities the theme of hope alternated with deep concern over what he called the “dark clouds of violence and war” at the start of the new millennium.
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