Pope Francis offers a Christmas Day message of hope for peace in a world plagued by war and terrorism, voicing his support for a negotiated settlement to the Syrian conflict. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: Pope Francis in his traditional "Urbi et Orbi" (to the city and the world) Christmas message spoke in solidarity with the victims of terrorism and war, and urged a political settlement to the Syrian conflict. "Peace to those who have lost a person dear to them as a result of brutal acts of terrorism, which have sown fear and death into the hearts of so many countries and cities," he told some 40,000 people gathered in St. Peter's Square. "It is time for weapons to be still forever (in Syria), and the international community to actively seek a negotiated solution, so that civil co-existence can be restored in the country," he said. Francis, the first Latin American pope, also said Christmas should inspire everyone to help the less fortunate, including migrants, refugees and those swept up by social and economic upheavals.