Pope urges end to conflicts in Christmas message
Pope Benedict XVI has expressed his hope for an end to conflicts around the world, in his traditional Christmas Day message from the Vatican.
In his address from St Peter's Basilica, he called on Israelis and Palestinians to co-exist in peace.
He urged China's Christians to remain hopeful in spite of limitations, and prayed for those hit by natural disasters in Latin America.
He also appealed for peace in Somalia, Darfur and Ivory Coast.
An estimated 100,000 people had gathered in the square outside St Peter's - wet from rain - to hear the Urbi et Orbi - meaning to the city (Rome) and to the world -sermon.