Pope Francis Gives Christmas Address

By Ian Hoover- 21Alive

Pope Francis Gives Christmas Address

December 25, 2013 Updated Dec 25, 2013 at 5:15 PM EDT

VATICAN CITY (21Alive) -- In the same spot where he was revealed to the world as the new Pope, back in March, Pope Francis gave his first Christmas address in front of 70,000 people today.

From the balcony of Saint Peter's Basilica, Francis called for atheists and believers of all religions to unite and work towards a "homemade peace."

During his address, he also called for conflicts to end all over the world. Specifically he highlighted conflicts in Syria, Southern Sudan, and Iraq.

Heikki Nevalainen, a spectator in attendance said, "I think he is more with the people and likes to talk to everybody and that's a good thing."

Today's address continued Pope Francis' efforts to reach out to people of all faiths and encourage peace around the world.


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