The Pope then defined peace: “True peace is not a balance of opposing forces. It is not a lovely "façade" which conceals conflicts and divisions. Peace calls for daily commitment, starting from God's gift, from the grace which he has given us in Jesus Christ.”
He gave a litany of those suffering thanks to war and oppression, with a special focus on Christians in the Middle East. He prayed for “the Lord to spare the beloved Syrian people further suffering,” and went out of his way to rejoice in the fact that “followers of different religious confessions are joining us in our prayer for peace in Syria.” He mentioned the Central African Republic and South Sudan, as well as Nigeria, and prayed for peace between the Israelis and the Palestinians.
In an interesting departure from world conflict, he then prayed for the repentance of those involved in human trafficking and child soldier recruitment. He also prayed for those suffering from natural disasters.
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