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Pope Francis gave a New Year’s Day service dedicated to world peace.
The Associated Press reports that Francis called on those listening to put aside differences and to remember that our enemies are our brothers. He expressed impatience with the world and the things that are occurring in it.
He put aside his pre-written text and looked at the crowd to ask, “What is happening in the heart of man? What is happening in the heart of humanity to cause such violence? It’s time to stop.”
He also returned to the theme of his papacy. What about the needy? “We are also called to see the violence and injustices present in so many parts of the world, and which cannot leave us indifferent and immobile,” Francis said. “There is the need for the commitment of all to build a society that is truly more just and united.”
The Catholic News Agency reports that Francis also spoke directly to the people of Rome. He looked out into the crowd and asked, “How is the quality of life in this city? It depends on all of us!”
Francis pointed out that the end of the year is a time to reflect on who you are, who you want to be, and who God wants you to be.
The New Year’s Eve and Day speeches were one in a line of many to get attention from the media. In his first year of the papacy, Pope Francis has made many changes and is hoping to see the same from the world.