Pope Francis used a traditional Christmas address to emphasize the plight of children in areas of conflict, pointing out their “impotent silence” that “cries out under the spade of many Herods,” a reference to the ancient king who slaughtered all the young boys of Bethlehem, according to the New Testament, reports Elisabetha Poveledo in The New York Times.
Vast numbers of children today are victims of violence, objects of trade and trafficking, or forced to become soldiers, and they need to be saved, he said.
The pope spoke of ‘children displaced due to war and persecution, abused and taken advantage of before our very eyes and our complicit silence.’
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