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Pope Receives Members of Italy’s National Civil Protection Service

‘The Italian Civil Protection never ceases to remind us that the defense of human life and the protection of the territory and infrastructure not only occur in emergencies, but also and above all in activities of forecasting and prevention and in the subsequent phase of return to normality…’

Pope’s ‘Urbi et Orbi’ Blessing

‘May the little Child whom we contemplate today in the manger, in the cold of the night, watch over all the children of the world, and every frail, vulnerable and discarded person. May all of us receive peace and consolation from the birth of the Savior and, in the knowledge that we are loved by the one heavenly Father, realize anew that we are brothers and sisters and come to live as such!’