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#Urbi et Orbi

# urbi-et-orbi - Sunday 12 April, 2020

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.

# urbi-et-orbi - Wednesday 25 December, 2019

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.

# urbi-et-orbi - Tuesday 25 December, 2018

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.

# urbi-et-orbi - Monday 25 December, 2017

'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”.

# urbi-et-orbi - Monday 21 April, 2014

Over 150,000 people attended the Pope's Easter mass

He called on the international community to “prevent violence” in Ukraine.

# urbi-et-orbi - Wednesday 25 December, 2013

Francis prays for child soldiers “robbed of their childhood”

The new Pope has delivered his first Christmas ‘urbi et orbi’ message.

# urbi-et-orbi - Sunday 31 March, 2013

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.

# urbi-et-orbi - Friday 1 March, 2013

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.

# urbi-et-orbi - Monday 11 February, 2013

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?

# urbi-et-orbi - Sunday 8 April, 2012

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.

# urbi-et-orbi - Sunday 24 April, 2011

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.