As he sends wishes of peace to the world on Christmas, Pope Benedict is paying particular attention to the Middle East.
He's denouncing what he says is the slaughter of the "defenseless" in Syria. And he's urging Israelis and Palestinians to find the courage to negotiate.
The crowd in St. Peter's Square erupted in cheers as the 85-year-old pontiff stepped onto his balcony overlooking the square.
Delivering the Vatican's traditional Christmas Day message, a weary-looking and hoarse-sounding Benedict also encouraged Arab spring nations, especially Egypt, to build just and respectful societies. (AP)
Saturday, May 25 2013 2:16 AM EDT2013-05-25 06:16:04 GMT
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