Peace for Syria tops Benedict’s yule message

Freedom of faith urged in China

Posted: December 26, 2012 at 12:15 a.m.

Speaking from the balcony of St. Peter’s Basilica, Pope Benedict XVI called on Tuesday for religious freedom in China and peace for the “defenseless” in Syria in his annual Christmas Day message.

Pope presides over Mass at St. Peter's Basillica

A huge crowd gathered at the Vatican on Christmas day to hear Pope Benedict preside over Mass in St. Peter's Basilica. (By The Associated Press)
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