Pope's Christmas message urges peace in troubled lands
December 26th, 2010
10:39 AM ET

Pope's Christmas message urges peace in troubled lands

In his traditional Christmas message delivered Saturday to crowds braving winter's chill, Pope Benedict XVI urged peace in the Middle East and asked for God's comfort upon beleaguered Christian communities in Iraq and elsewhere in the region.

The annual "To the City and the World address, known in Latin as "Urbi et Orbi," mentioned other global hot spots.

The pope wished for security in places overcome by conflict like Somalia, Sudan's Darfur region, Ivory Coast, Afghanistan and the Korean peninsula and those nations like Haiti that are grappling with the consequences of disease and natural disaster.

"May the light of Christmas shine forth anew in the Land where Jesus was born, and inspire Israelis and Palestinians to strive for a just and peaceful coexistence," Benedict said in the speech delivered in 64 languages, from English and Latin to Maori and Maltese.

Read the full story of the Pope's Christmas message here.

- CNN Belief Blog

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  1. Muneef

    Con Troy


    January 3, 2011 at 4:32 am |
  2. Muneef


    President of the International Association of Muslim Scholars Dr. Yusuf al-Qaradawi opposed the call by Sheik Mubaraki from Saudi Arabia to boy-co-tt the United Nations.
    Monday, December 27,2010 17:31

    January 2, 2011 at 11:10 am |
  3. Muneef

    We have learnt from birds and animals many things of science? So haven't we asked our selves why night flying insects are attracted to the light? Or maybe should ask our selves why were ancient nations worshiping the Sun the Moon the Stars the Fire?? They knew they should be looking for the light but have become stray time after time and after every messenger from the Right Straight Path which was taught to Adam and down to all Prophets and Messengers of God. 
    We in the Quran were told that God Allah has taught Adam all his names meaning the Knowldge and the Holy Message for Mankind to live with it on earth which only proves that there was a spoken language in which Adam listened from God and from Satan misleading him to eat a fruit of the forbidden tree and when talked to Eve? Teaching all that meant there were some writings done?
    In such case then there might have been scriptures from such length of time that had been changing hands as father to son and from hand to hand?
    There are verses of the Quran where God Allah mentioned teaching to Adam all names and then teaching to the prophets&messengers through people of knowldge and the Holy Spirit..

    Al-Baqara sura02:
    In the name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful
    And He taught Adam the names of all things; then He placed them before the angels and said: "Tell Me the names of these if ye are right." (31) They said: "Glory to Thee: of knowledge we have none, save that Thou hast taught us: in truth it is Thou who art perfect in knowledge and wisdom." (32) He said: "O Adam! tell them their names." When he had told them their names, Allah said: "Did I not tell you that I know the secrets of heaven and earth, and I know what ye reveal and what ye conceal?" (33).

    Al-Alaq sura 96:
    Proclaim! (or Read!) in the name of thy Lord and Cherisher, Who created― (1) Created man, out of a (mere) clot of congealed blood: (2) Proclaim! And thy Lord is Most Bountiful― (3) He Who taught (the use of) the Pen― (4) Taught man that which he knew not. (5).

    January 1, 2011 at 1:59 pm |
  4. Muneef

    Keep your thoughts positive, 
    because your thoughts become your words. 

    Keep your words positive, 
    because your words become your actions. 

    Keep your actions positive, 
    because your actions become your habits. 

    Keep your habits positive, 
    because your habits become your lifestyle. 

    Keep your lifestyle positive, 
    because your lifestyle becomes your destiny 

    January 1, 2011 at 10:20 am |
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