Pope Francis Uses His Christmas Message to Lament the “Icy Winds of War” Buffeting Humanity

From an AP story by Frances D’Emilio headlined “Pope’s lament: Icy winds of war buffet humanity at Christmas”:

Pope Francis used his Christmas message Sunday to lament the “icy winds of war” buffeting humanity and to make an impassioned plea for an immediate end to the fighting in Ukraine, a 10-month-old conflict he decried as “senseless.”

At noon in Rome, Francis delivered the traditional “Urbi et Orbi″ (Latin for ”’to the city and to the world”) speech from the central balcony of St. Peter’s Basilica.