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Pope laments persecution of Christians

Desperate refugees, world conflicts in Francis’ prayers

Posted: December 26, 2013 at 5:36 a.m.

Pope Francis greets tens of thousands of people gathered Wednesday to hear his Christmas Day message at St. Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican.

Pope Francis offered Christmas wishes Wednesday for a better world, praying for protection for Christians under attack, battered women and trafficked children, peace in the Middle East and Africa, and dignity for refugees fleeing misery and conflict around the globe.

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With the Duchess of Cambridge (top) beside her Wednesday, Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II receives flowers from children after m... (By: LEFTERIS PITARAKIS) (Credit: AP)

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