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Pope Francis Calls For Fraternity In Christmas Day Address

The pope, an outspoken advocate for refugees and migrants, urged the international community to set aside its differences and turn its attention to crises around the world.

Delivering his Christmas Day address to tens of thousands of people on gathered in St. Peter's Square in Vatican City, Pope Francis appealed for fraternity and peace, especially in violent conflicts around the world.

The pope emerged on the balcony of the nearly 400-year-old St. Peter's Basilica to cheers and trumpets.

"We are all brothers," he said.

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