Thousands of Italians and tourists heard Pope John deliver benediction at the Vatican City, Dec 25.
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Background: Thousands of Italians and tourists heard Pope John deliver benediction at the Vatican City, Dec 25. celebration Mass in St. Peter's, he appeared on the Central balcony of the church and addressed the crowd.
Before he offered Benediction Pope John made a short speech in which he called upon the leaders of the world to strike for peace. For the first time ever the Pope's Christmas message to the world was seen by thousands in their homes over television.
At the end of the Benediction the huge crowd broke into applause.