Prayerful Plea for Peace

Pope Francis gives his “Urbi et Orbi” blessing in St. Peter’s Square on Christmas Day 2016. In his traditional message “urbi et orbi” (“to the city and to the world”), the pope prayed that the Child Jesus, who is also the Prince of Peace, would bring a real and lasting peace to those suffering from violence and conflict around the world. He prayed specifically for areas of the world which are affected by violence, including Syria, countries that make up the Holy Land, various parts of Africa, Myanmar, Colombia, and Eastern Ukraine.  

                                                (For more on the pope’s Christmas message, see page 11 in the January Prairie Catholic.)