Listen to RFI News
Expand Player
 
Listen Download Podcast
  • Paris Live PM 1300 - 1400 GMT
    News bulletin 06/14 13h00 GMT
  • Paris Live PM 1300 - 1400 GMT
    News bulletin 06/12 13h00 GMT
  • Paris Live PM 1300 - 1400 GMT
    News bulletin 06/11 13h00 GMT
  • 13h00 - 14h00 GMT
    News bulletin 04/05 13h00 GMT
  • 13h00 - 14h00 GMT
    News bulletin 04/04 13h00 GMT
  • 13h00 - 14h00 GMT
    News bulletin 04/03 13h00 GMT
To take full advantage of multimedia content, you must have the Flash plugin installed in your browser. To connect, you need to enable cookies in your browser settings. For an optimal navigation, the RFI site is compatible with the following browsers: Internet Explorer 8 and above, Firefox 10 and +, Safari 3+, Chrome 17 and + etc.
Europe

Pope condemns humanity's "insatiable greed"

media Pope Francis delivers his Christmas Day message at the Vatican REUTERS/Max Rossi

Pope Francis addressed thousands of pilgrims at Saint Peter's Basilica in Rome today, calling for peace in Syria and Yemen, and alluding to divisions caused by various migrant crises in the Americas.

 

In his Christmas message to the world Pope Francis called on people to see differences as a source of richness instead of danger and called for reconciliation in places torn apart by conflict.

Security has been tight around the Vatican for the Christmas season, with military jeeps stationed at key access routes and tourists undergoing metal detector and bag searches.

Last week police in southern Italy arrested a Somali man suspected of having been a member of Islamic State and who had threatened to bomb churches in Italy, including St. Peter’s.

 

Christmas Mass

 

"In our day, for many people, life's meaning is found in possessing, in having an excess of material objects," regretted the leader of the world's 1.3 billion Catholics during the Christmas Eve mass.

Pope urges "sharing and giving" in Christmas mass

Assailing the greediness and voraciousness of mankind, Pope Francis asked people not to “lose our footing or slide into worldliness and consumerism".

"An insatiable greed marks all human history, even today, when, paradoxically, a few dine luxuriantly while all too many go without the daily bread needed to survive", he added.

Pope Francis, who turned 82 earlier this month, is to deliver his sixth "Urbi et Orbi" address on Tuesday, Christmas Day -- when Christians celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ -- to pilgrims gathered in Saint Peter's Square.

 

Related
 
Sorry but the period of time connection to the operation is exceeded.