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Pope defends immigrants at Christmas Eve Mass

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Pope Francis at Christmas Mass
Pope Francis at Christmas Mass

Pope Francis strongly defended immigrants at his Christmas Eve Mass on Sunday.

Pope Francis compared the migrants to Mary and Joseph finding no place to stay in Bethlehem and saying faith demands that foreigners be welcomed.

The Pope, celebrating his fifth Christmas on December 25,2017, 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 hours earlier so security procedures could be put in place.


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