– Let’s look to Iraq, where people are still struggling to get back on their feet after a long conflict. Let us listen to the children’s cries in Yemen, where a huge tragedy, overlooked by all, has been going on in silence for years and is causing death every single day, the pope said in his Urbi et Orbi speech.
Urbi et Orbi is Latin and means “for the city and for the world”.
“Let us send our thoughts to the people of Syria, who for over ten years have lived with a war that has led to many casualties and countless displaced persons,” the pope said in his traditional Christmas speech on Saturday.
The pope also used the speech to warn against escalation in the conflict in Ukraine, and he took the time to talk about the corona pandemic.
– In this time of pandemic, our ability to have social conditions has been put to the test. There is a growing tendency to retire. And at the international level, there is a risk of avoiding dialogue. Nevertheless, it is only this path that can lead to a solution to conflicts and to lasting benefits for all, said Pope Francis.