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25th Dec 2016

Pope Francis made his feelings about abortion very clear during his Christmas Mass

Cassie Delaney

Pope Francis delivered his Christmas mass during a high security service at the Vatican.

The Pope referenced the ongoing suffering in the world and called for an end to violence against children.

He also made a special reference to the materialism of Christmas and according to BBC, said the true meaning of Christmas is being drowned out by materialism.

He said people now lived in a time “when the lights of commerce cast the light of God into the shadows, when we are concerned for gifts, but cold toward those who are marginalised”.

The Pope made a special reference to refuges and urged the congregation to be welcoming and accepting.

He called for the 10,000-person crowd to be challenged by the children of today’s world.

He then referenced abortion saying:

“Let us allow ourselves to be challenged by the children who are not allowed to be born, by those who cry because no one satiates their hunger, by those who do have not toys in their hands, but rather weapons,” he said.