Pope Francis, in Christmas Mass, urges world to set aside ‘partisan interests’

Pope Francis is urging the world to put aside “partisan interests” this Christmas to help find a political solution to the ongoing wars in Yemen and Syria, and the conflicts in Ukraine and the Korean Peninsula.

Speaking to tens of thousands of tourists, pilgrims and Romans that gathered Tuesday in St. Peter’s Square, Francis said the universal message of Christmas is that “God is a good Father and we are all brothers and sisters.”

Without fraternity, the pope says, “even our best plans and projects risk being soulless and empty.” He added that “our differences, then, are not a detriment or a danger; they are a source of richness.”

In his Christmas Eve Mass yesterday, Francis advised Christians to forgo greed, gluttony and materialism on Christmas and focus instead on the holiday’s message of simplicity, charity and love.

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