Twenty-five thousand citizens of Rome and tourists crowded into St Peter's Square in the Vatican on Christmas Day (25th December) to listen to Pope Paul's Christmas message.
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Background: Twenty-five thousand citizens of Rome and tourists crowded into St Peter's Square in the Vatican on Christmas Day (25th December) to listen to Pope Paul's Christmas message.
The Pope addressed his message particularly to the poor, the suffering, refugees, prisoners, and those "bewildered by the darkness of evil". He expressed an inner fear and "a dramatic doubt" that the message of Christmas night not be understood by the modern world, but felt sure his effort to spread the Christian message was not in vain. "Men", the Pope said, "must free themselves from a centuries-old poison of selfishness and hate if they wished to break down the barriers between nations and end war."
The 73-year-old Pontiff, speaking from the balcony of St peter's Basilica, looked well despite a recent bout of influenza. He had earlier celebrated mass before a congregation of 15,000.