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Pope Francis laments “forgotten tragedies” in his Christmas message

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Ukraine, Afghanistan, Iraq, Burma, Ethiopia, Sudan, Sahel … As usual, the Argentine pontiff gave himself to a vast overview of the conflicts of the planet and the economic and social consequences of the health crisis , for this second Christmas in times of COVID-19.

In these times of pandemic, our ability to maintain social relationships is strained, the tendency is reinforced to withdraw into oneself, to go it alone, including at an international level, declared the Sovereign Pontiff in front of the faithful gathered in the rain on Saint Peter’s Square, in the Vatican.

A crowd of worshipers in St. Peter's Square, Rome, with umbrellas.

Faithful gathered in St. Peter’s Square in Rome receive the blessing of Pope Francis.

Photo: afp via getty images / FILIPPO MONTEFORTE

We still see a lot of conflicts, crises and contradictions that never seem to end, and we hardly notice them anymore. so much we are used to it, with the may not hear the cry of pain and despair of so many of our brothers and sisters, he regretted.

The 85-year-old pope especially insisted on immense tragedies and forgotten that are played out in Syria and Yemen, beset by conflicts that have many victims and countless refugees.

We hear the cry of children rise from Yemen where a terrible tragedy, forgotten by everyone, has been unfolding in silence for years, killing people every day., he said.

Pope Francis also called for do not allow metastases from gangrenous conflict to spread in Ukraine, where tensions between Kiev and Moscow raise fears of a military escalation.

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