In the Christmas season, Pope Francis called for peace and “fraternity”.
It is said that close to 50,000 worshippers gathered at the Vatican to hear the pontiff’s sixth “Urbi et Orbi” (To the City and the World)
The message appeals for peace in conflict zones such as Syria and Yemen.
The pontiff said he hoped a truce in conflict-ravaged Yemen would end a devastating war that has killed around 10,000 people since 2015 and pushed 14 million Yemenis to the brink of famine.
The Pope also spoke of the war in Syria, which has forced millions from their homes and reduced swathes of the country to rubble.>