At Christmas Eve Mass, pope prays for peace in Mideast

Pope Benedict XVI marked Christmas Eve with Mass in St. Peter's Basilica and a pressing question: Will people find room in their hectic, technology-driven lives for children, the poor and God?


The pontiff also prayed that Israelis and Palestinians live in peace and freedom, and asked the faithful to pray for strife-torn Syria as well as Lebanon and Iraq. "Let us pray that Israelis and Palestinians be able to live their lives in the peace of the one God and in freedom," the pope said. (AP)