Vatican City, Holy See:
In his Christmas message on Friday, Pope Francis called for “vaccines for everyone, especially those most at risk and in need in all regions of the planet” for the coronavirus, which has exacerbated the existing global crises.
In his Christmas message, the Pope also addressed the plight of the children affected by the war and highlighted the victims in Syria, Yemen and Iraq.
Vaccines were “a glimmer of hope in this time of darkness and uncertainty,” said Francis in the annual “Urbi et Orbi” speech “to the city and the world“.
“I urge everyone, heads of state, business, international organizations to encourage cooperation rather than competition and to find a solution for everyone: vaccines for everyone, especially those most at risk and in need in all regions of the planet. “
The pandemic had come at “a point in history marked by ecological crisis and serious economic and social imbalances,” added the Pope, saying that this made it “all the more important that we recognize each other as brothers and sisters “.
And “on that day … let us turn our gaze to the many, all too many children around the world, particularly in Syria, Iraq and Yemen, who are still paying the high price of war,” he added.
“May their faces touch the conscience of all men and women of good will so that the root causes of conflict can be addressed and courageous efforts be made to build a future of peace,” he said.
Pope Francis will make a historic visit to Iraq in March, the Vatican said Monday, the first by a Pope that will include a trip to the city of Mosul, a former jihadist stronghold.
The Pope has long spoken of his desire to visit the Middle Eastern country, where two decades of conflict have badly hit Christian communities.
The Argentine-born Pope called for peace and reconciliation in Libya and Iraq, “especially against the Yazidis, who were badly hit in the last years of the war”.
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