For Christmas, pope decries injustice facing migrants
‘It is injustice that makes them cross deserts, seas that become cemeteries,’ says Pope Francis
Pope Francis on Wednesday decried the international migrant crisis in his traditional Christmas address.
"It is injustice that makes them cross deserts and seas that become cemeteries,” said the pontiff in his Urbi et Orbi (to the city and the world) Christmas Day message, addressing crowds from the balcony of St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican.
“It is injustice that turns them away from places where they might have hope for a dignified life, but instead find themselves before walls of indifference," added the 83-year-old spiritual leader of the Catholic world.
The pope also urged peace in conflict regions in the Middle East, Venezuela, Ukraine, and several African countries.
For Christians, Christmas marks the birth of Jesus Christ.
One of the cornerstone celebrations of Christian culture, Christmas is observed by most Catholic and Protestant Christians every Dec. 25.