Pope condemns ‘oppressors’ in Christmas message


(PTI): Pope Benedict XVI prayed for God to punish the world’s “oppressors” and bring about “true brotherhood” between peoples in his traditional Christmas message in Saint Peter’s basilica.

Pope Benedictus XVI

Lord make your promise come finally true. Break the rods of the oppressors. Burn the tramping boots. Let the time of the garments rolled in blood come to an end,” Benedict said at the Christmas Eve mass in the basilica.

Referring to the birth of Jesus Christ, celebrated by believers at Christmas, he added: “This child has ignited the light of goodness in men and has given them strength to overcome the tyranny of might.

“We thank you for your goodness, but we also ask you to show forth your power,” said the pope, who was speaking exactly one year after a mentally unstable Swiss-Italian woman dragged him to the ground at the same mass.

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