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Urbi et Orbi: Pope sends Christmas greeting in 65 languages and asks help for Horn of Africa

Benedict XVI

Together let us ask God’s help for the peoples of the Horn of Africa, who suffer from hunger and food shortages, aggravated at times by a persistent state of insecurity. May the international community not fail to offer assistance to the many displaced persons coming from that region and whose dignity has been sorely tried”. ;

Among the dozens of languages used by the pope, among them was Chinese, Urdu, Latin and Esperanto, which brought the applause of many of the language?s admirers. ;

The pope then gave his solemn blessing, the “Urbi et Orbi,” “to the city of Rome and the world”. It?s significant because only he can impart the blessing. It?s traditionally given only on Christmas Day and Easter Sunday.

In St. Peter?s Square, alongside the impressive Christmas tree from Ukraine, the traditional Nativity scene can now be seen adorning the center of Christianity, a tradition that began 30 years ago.

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