Christmas is approaching: there will be lights, parties, Christmas trees and nativity scenes… It’s all a charade. The world continues to go to war. The world has not chosen a peaceful path. There are wars today everywhere, and hate. We should ask for the grace to weep for this world, which does not recognise the path to peace. To weep for those who live for war, and have the cynicism to deny it.
— Pope Francis: Christmas festivities ‘a charade’ with world at war