Media playback is unsupported on your device

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."

BBC © 2014 The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.