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Pope Francis says World is avoiding huge tragedies

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Pope Francis has cautioned that the world is growing desensitised to crises and suffering to the point where they are occurring with little notice.

The pontiff mentioned the continued turbulence in Syria, Yemen, and Iraq, as well as other parts of Africa, Europe, and Asia, in his annual Christmas Day speech.

He also stated that the pandemic’s impacts posed a threat to international attempts to resolve conflicts.

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He gave his address outside this year after giving it indoors last year.

Thousands of Catholic faithful gathered in St Peter’s Square at the Vatican, wearing face masks as part of Covid precautions, to see Pope Francis deliver his Urbi et Orbi address from the balcony of the Basilica.

The social ramifications of the pandemic, according to Pope Francis, include “a rising desire to withdraw… to cease making an effort to engage others and do things together.”

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“There is also the risk of avoiding communication on the international level,” he said, “the fear that this difficult issue would lead to shortcuts rather than taking the longer way” to settle conflicts.

“The number of confrontations, crises, and disagreements continues to rise,” he remarked. “They never seem to finish, and we don’t even notice them anymore.”

“We’ve grown accustomed to them to the point that huge tragedies are passed over in silence.”

He singled out Syria, Iraq, and Yemen, saying, “For years, a huge tragedy has gone unnoticed by everyone.” He also urged people to remember the ongoing tensions between Israel and the Palestinians, as well as Lebanon’s “exceptional” economic and social catastrophe.

Turning his attention to Asia, the Pope prayed for God to comfort the people of Afghanistan, “who have been greatly tested by conflicts for more than 40 years,” and to “sustain the people of Myanmar, where hostility and violence frequently target the Christian community and its places of worship.”

He also prayed for peace in other troubled areas throughout the world, such as Ukraine, Ethiopia, and the Sahel, which has been at the forefront of the fight against Islamist militancy for nearly a decade.

Pope Francis, who is 85 years old, celebrated Christmas Eve Mass at St. Peter’s Basilica, where he exhorted people to be more compassionate to the needy and to “enjoy the little things in life.”

“May we have just one dread on this night of love: violating God’s love by despising the poor with our indifference,” he urged.

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