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Pope Francis urges aid access to Syria in Christmas speech

25 December 2013 Last updated at 12:35 GMT

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."