Pope Francis’ Christmas Statements on the End of Suffering
Pope Francis gave a message on Christmas, namely the Christmas day blessing at St. Peter’s Square to speak on issues of human rights, calling for the end of suffering for individuals in Iraq, Syria. Within his speech, he talked about the suffering that civilians in these countries have had to face due to wars in these countries. He also called for the protection of refugees. Specifically regarding the issue of refugees, he was quoted a calling for “…all who now are suffering may receive the necessary humanitarian help to overcome the rigors of winter.”
The Pope has been very active on issues of international relations and political affairs. He has been a voice for the oppressed, as well as also speaking on other issues such as same sex rights, poverty, as well as international peace efforts, among other issues. For example, as quoted from the CNN story on this issue,
“The Pope has used his influence as the spiritual leader of all Catholics around the world to affect political outcomes this year. He played a key role in a historic breakthrough in U.S.-Cuba relations this month and urged religious tolerance during a visit to Turkey in November.” In addition, “His blessing Thursday included hope for peaceful resolutions of other conflicts around the world. He prayed for reconciliation in Ukraine and for peace in Nigeria, where Islamic militants are killing and kidnapping people in the northern part of the African country.”
It is important to call upon the end of various human rights abuses. Pope Francis has a very important voice not only as a religious leader, but also in the realm of international relations. Let us hope that his message today continues to help towards resolutions to continued conflicts throughout the world.