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Pope delivers Christmas blessing

Pope Francis has delivered his first Christmas Day message and mass since being elected to the papacy. Thousands of people gathered at St Peter’s Square in Vatican City for the annual Urbi et Orbi blessing, during which the Pope prayed for peace in places including Syria and South Sudan, as well as praying for immigrants and asylum seekers across the globe.

Pope delivers Christmas blessing
Pope Francis waves to the faithful as he delivers his Christmas Day message from the central balcony of St Peter's Basilica on December 25, 2013 in Vatican City, Vatican. The 'Urbi et Orbi' blessing (to the city and to the world) is recognised as a Christmas tradition by Catholics with the Pope Francis focusing this year on the peace in the world. (Getty Images)
Pope delivers Christmas blessing
Pope Francis delivers his Christmas Day message from the central balcony of St Peter's Basilica on December 25, 2013 in Vatican City, Vatican. The 'Urbi et Orbi' blessing (to the city and to the world) is recognised as a Christmas tradition by Catholics with the Pope Francis focusing this year on the peace in the world. (Getty Images)
Pope delivers Christmas blessing
Faithful gathered in St. Peter's Square attend Pope Francis' Christmas Day message from the central balcony of St Peter's Basilica on December 25, 2013 in Vatican City, Vatican. The 'Urbi et Orbi' blessing (to the city and to the world) is recognised as a Christmas tradition by Catholics with the Pope Francis focusing this year on the peace in the world. (Getty Images)
Pope delivers Christmas blessing
Faithful gathered in St. Peter's Square attend Pope Francis' Christmas Day message from the central balcony of St Peter's Basilica on December 25, 2013 in Vatican City, Vatican. The 'Urbi et Orbi' blessing (to the city and to the world) is recognised as a Christmas tradition by Catholics with the Pope Francis focusing this year on the peace in the world. (Getty Images)
Pope delivers Christmas blessing
Swiss Guards arrive in St. Peter's Square to attend Pope Francis' Christmas Day message from the central balcony of St Peter's Basilica on December 25, 2013 in Vatican City, Vatican. The 'Urbi et Orbi' blessing (to the city and to the world) is recognised as a Christmas tradition by Catholics with the Pope Francis focusing this year on the peace in the world. (Getty Images)
Pope delivers Christmas blessing
Swiss Guards arrive in St. Peter's Square to attend Pope Francis' Christmas Day message from the central balcony of St Peter's Basilica on December 25, 2013 in Vatican City, Vatican. The 'Urbi et Orbi' blessing (to the city and to the world) is recognised as a Christmas tradition by Catholics with the Pope Francis focusing this year on the peace in the world. (Getty Images)
Pope delivers Christmas blessing
Carabinieri, Italian special police, arrive in St. Peter's Square to attend Pope Francis' Christmas Day message from the central balcony of St Peter's Basilica on December 25, 2013 in Vatican City, Vatican. The 'Urbi et Orbi' blessing (to the city and to the world) is recognised as a Christmas tradition by Catholics with the Pope Francis focusing this year on the peace in the world. (Getty Images)
Pope delivers Christmas blessing
Altar boys gathered in St. Peter's Square attend Pope Francis' Christmas Day message from the central balcony of St Peter's Basilica on December 25, 2013 in Vatican City, Vatican. The 'Urbi et Orbi' blessing (to the city and to the world) is recognised as a Christmas tradition by Catholics with the Pope Francis focusing this year on the peace in the world. (Getty Images)
Pope delivers Christmas blessing
A Swiss Guard attends Pope Francis' Christmas Day message from the central balcony of St Peter's Basilica on December 25, 2013 in Vatican City, Vatican. The 'Urbi et Orbi' blessing (to the city and to the world) is recognised as a Christmas tradition by Catholics with the Pope Francis focusing this year on the peace in the world. (Getty Images)
Pope delivers Christmas blessing
Faithful gathered in St. Peter's Square attend Pope Francis' Christmas Day message from the central balcony of St Peter's Basilica on December 25, 2013 in Vatican City, Vatican. The 'Urbi et Orbi' blessing (to the city and to the world) is recognised as a Christmas tradition by Catholics with the Pope Francis focusing this year on the peace in the world. (Getty Images)
Pope delivers Christmas blessing
Pope Francis delivers his traditional Christmas 'Urbi et Orbi' blessing from the balcony of St. Peter's Basilica on December 26, 2013 at the Vatican. (AFP/Getty Images)