Pope Francis mentioned Ukraine and asked for peace in the traditional Urbi et Orbi Christmas message.
“May the Lord, who is born, bring relief to dear Ukraine, which eagerly wants to regain a lasting peace. With the piece that respects the rights of every nation, a country can rise after suffering and restore decent living conditions for its citizens. I assure my closeness to the Christian communities in this region and pray for that fraternity and friendship can be built," the Vatican News quotes the text of the Christmas sermon of the pontiff.
At the same time, it is worth noting that this year, the topic of fraternity in general was central one in the Christmas message of the Pope.
"What does this child, born to us by the Most Pure Virgin Mary, tell us? What is the general message of Christmas? It tells us that God is a good father and we are all brothers and sisters. This truth lies at the heart of the Christian vision of humanity. Without the fraternity that Jesus Christ has given, our efforts in favor of a just peace are untenable, and the best projects risk turning into soulless structures. Therefore, my Christmas wish is the wish of fraternity," he said, clarifying that it concerns both the fraternity between people of every nation and culture, and brotherhood between people of great ideas.
Besides mentioning Ukraine, in his Christmas message the pontiff asked God for peace in Syria, Yemen, Venezuela, Nicaragua, as well as for the case of conflicts in Africa and on the Korean Peninsula.
Earlier during the Christmas sermon, Pope Francis condemned human greed and consumerism.