Commenting on gays earlier this week, the Pope seemed to get Christmas off on the wrong foot. The man referred to as “a guy with a funny hat” by Bill (“No shot at heaven”) Maher said the world needs to act to save “street children who do not have the blessing of a family home, of those children who are brutally exploited as soldiers and made instruments of violence, instead of messengers of reconciliation and peace.”
Pope Benedict XVI blesses children as he celebrates the Christmas Midnight Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican, early Thursday, Dec. 25, 2008.(AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)
Beijing has millions of homeless street children, many the sons and daughters of some 150 million migrants, many now without jobs.
The Pope also urged action for minors who are “victims of the industry of pornography and every other appalling form of abuse, and thus are traumatized in the depths of their soul.”
celebrated by sending out an appeal for children who are abused, forced to live on the street or serve as soldiers.
By ARIEL DAVID, Associated Press Writer
In the splendor of St. Peter’s Basilica, Benedict marked the birth of Jesus with a call to the faithful to help children who are denied the love of their parents and those who are exploited across the world.
“The Child of Bethlehem summons us once again to do everything in our power to put an end to the suffering of these children,” he said.
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