- Jan 22, 2020
As he does every year, Pope Francis issued a special blessing on Christmas, offering prayers of peace for migrants and all countries facing violent conflict and asking Christians to do their part in showing God’s love in their daily actions.
Pope Francis on Easter Sunday offered prayers for the hundreds killed and injured in a series of bombings in Sri Lanka earlier that morning, calling the attacks an act of “cruel violence.”
If we reframe the pope’s Christmas ‘Urbi et Orbi’ address not as a policy speech but a pedagogical exercise, then the lack of originality makes sense.
On Christmas day 2018, Pope Francis prayed that a sense of fraternity may overcome violent conflicts raging around the world.
Pope Francis has a full schedule of Christmastime liturgies planned for December and January, including the customary baptism of newborn babies Jan. 13, the feast of the Baptism of the Lord.
In his Easter Sunday “Urbi et Orbi” address, to the city and the world, Pope Francis prayed for a swift end to the war in Syria, dialogue on the Korean Peninsula, and peace in the Democratic Republic of Congo and South Sudan.