By Linda Bordoni
Pope Francis has invoked peace for the world and prayed for the release of those who find themselves in captivity.
Addressing the crowds gathered in St. Peter’s Square for the Angelus prayer on this Christmas Eve Sunday, Pope Francis invoked the gift of peace for the entire world, especially for those who are suffering due to conflict.
Invocation for the gift of peace
"As we prayerfully await the birth of the Prince of Peace, let us invoke the gift of peace for the world, especially for those peoples, he said, who are suffering because of ongoing conflict" he said.
Appeal for the release of abducted persons
And he issued an appeal for the release of those who find themselves in captivity.
“As we celebrate Holy Christmas, Francis said, I especially renew my appeal so that persons who have been abducted – priests, religious men and women and lay persons – be released so they may return to their homes”.
Invitation to contemplate the crib
The Pope also invited the faithful, in these hours that lead us to Christmas, to find a few moments to stop in silence and prayer before the crib, in order to truly worship the mystery of Christmas: that of Jesus who is coming to us with love, humility and tenderness.