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# Urbi et Orbi

This year
Pope Francis urges prayer for 'beloved Ukrainian people' in annual Easter message
The pontiff also called for a “resumption of dialogue” between Israelis and Palestinians.
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Pope Francis pleas for Covid-19 vaccines for all in Christmas Day message
The pontiff also called for fraternity and compassion to be shared among all peoples this Christmas.
In an empty St Peter's Basilica, Pope Francis calls for solidarity to face 'epochal challenge' of Covid-19
“This is not a time for self-centeredness, because the challenge we are facing is shared by all,” the pope said.
Pope Francis says 'light of Christ is greater' than darkness 'in human hearts' in annual Christmas message
The pontiff sent well wishes to all of those living in conflict areas this Christmas time.
Pope Francis attacks 'insatiable greed' in world and calls for 'fraternity' among people
Crowds came from all over the world, meanwhile, to mark Christmas Day in Bethlehem.
'The footsteps of Joseph and Mary': Pope Francis urges Catholics not to ignore migrants' plight this Christmas
In a mass in Bethlehem, an archbishop used his homily to lambast the “Herods of today”.
Over 150,000 people attended the Pope's Easter mass
He called on the international community to “prevent violence” in Ukraine.
Francis prays for child soldiers “robbed of their childhood”
The new Pope has delivered his first Christmas ‘urbi et orbi’ message.
Pope prays for peace in Syria, Korea on first Easter
In his first Easter Sunday message in front of a crowd in St Peter’s Square, Pope Francis prayed for Syria, the Korean peninsula and issued an appeal for hostages held by militants in Nigeria.
Two popes, two resignations: Benedict XVI and Celestine V‎
There’s more than a few similarities between the only two men to have resigned the papacy by choice.
Glossary: Some of the terms you'll hear during the Papal election
Because of the Ingravescentem aetatem, not all of the College of Cardinals get to fill the Petrine ministry. Didn’t you know?
In full: Pope Benedict's Easter urbi et orbi address
The full text of Pope Benedict’s Easter morning address the world’s Catholics, as delivered in Rome this morning.
Pope uses traditional Easter message to appeal for diplomacy in Libya
The Urbi et Orbi message focuses on developments in Africa and the Middle East, as Benedict urges Europe to accept refugees.
Urbi et Orbi: Pope Benedict XVI's Easter message
The full text of Pope Benedict’s address to the world’s Catholics, praying for diplomacy and dialogue in the Middle East.