24 Dec '17, 10pm

Pope, on Christmas Eve, says faith demands respect of #immigrants

VATICAN CITY (REUTERS) - Pope Francis strongly defended immigrants at his Christmas Eve Mass on Sunday (Dec 24), comparing them to Mary and Joseph finding no place to stay in Bethlehem and saying faith demands that foreigners be welcomed. Francis, celebrating his fifth Christmas as leader of the world's 1.2 billion Roman Catholics, led a solemn Mass for about 10,000 people in St. Peter's Basilica while many others followed the service from the square outside. Security was stepped up, with participants checked as they approached St. Peter's Square even before going through metal detectors to enter the basilica. The square had been cleared out hours earlier so security procedures could be put in place. The Gospel reading at the Mass in Christendom's largest church recounted the Biblical story of how Mary and Jesus had to travel from Nazareth to Bethlehem to be registered for...

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