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Pope Francis urges aid access to Syria in Christmas speech

Pope Francis has used his first Christmas address as pontiff to repeat the call for peace in Syria made by his predecessor, Pope Benedict, last year.

Speaking to a packed St Peter's Square, he called for prayers for the Syrian people to be spared further suffering and asked that, "the parties in conflict... guarantee access to humanitarian aid."

  • 25 Dec 2013
  • From the section Europe
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