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Pope Francis denounce brutal persecution in Christmas Day address

Published:Thursday | December 25, 2014 | 12:17 PM

Pope Francis has denounced the brutal persecution of religious and ethnic minorities, in his traditional Christmas Day address.



In his second "Urbi et Orbi" - to the city and the world - Christmas message, the pontiff highlighted the plight of victims of conflict in Syria and Iraq.



He further said too many people are being held hostage or massacred in Nigeria.



Pope Francis also urged dialogue between Israelis and Palestinians and condemned Taliban attacks in Pakistan.



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