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Pope Francis calls for global solidarity in New Year blessing

Published on Jan 2, 2014 6:13 AM
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Pope Francis greets the crowd from the window of the apostolic palace overlooking St Peter's Square during his Sunday Angelus prayer at the Vatican on Dec 29, 2013. Pope Francis on Jan 1, 2014, called for greater solidarity in the world in his first New Year blessing as pontiff in front of crowds of pilgrims on St Peter's Square. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP

VATICAN CITY (AFP) - Pope Francis on Wednesday called for greater solidarity in the world in his first New Year blessing as pontiff in front of crowds of pilgrims on St Peter's Square.

"We all have a responsibility to act so that the world may be a community of brothers who respect each other, who accept their diversity and who take care of one another," the pope said on Catholic World Peace Day.

The first pope from Latin America said violence and injustice "cannot leave us indifferent or immobile" and said 2014 should bring "a real commitment to build a society with more justice and more solidarity".

"We have to stop on this road of violence! What is happening in the heart of man? In the heart of humanity? We have to stop!" the Pope said.

 
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