Benedict XVI's Christmas Wish: Solidarity

VATICAN CITY, DEC. 25, 2008 ( During this time of a global economic crisis, Benedict XVI is calling for more solidarity.

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The Pope said this today after imparting the blessing “urbi et orbi” (to the city of Rome and the world. Speaking in Italian, he expressed his with that “the great celebration of the birth of Christ be a source of light and confidence for the life of all.”

The Pontiff continued: “In our times, characterized by a considerable economic crisis, may Christmas be a time for a greater solidarity among families and communities.

“May the light of evangelical hope, originating from the poor and simple stable of Bethlehem, spread everywhere and may the news that no one is far from the love of the Redeemer resound.”

The Pope then began to extend Christmas greetings in 64 languages. In English, he said: “May the birth of the Prince of Peace remind the world where its true happiness lies; and may your hearts be filled with hope and joy, for the Savior has been born for us.”

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