"Seventy-five years ago, on December 10, 48, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights was signed." The Pope recalled this at the Angelus, emphasizing that it is "a high road on which much progress has been made. But there are still many who are still missing and sometimes, unfortunately, we go backwards. The commitment to human rights is never over. In this regard, I am close to all those who, without proclamations, in the concrete life of every day, struggle and speak out in person to defend the rights of those who do not count."
Then the Pontiff renewed his appeal for peace, asking them to continue "to pray for the peoples who suffer because of war. We are heading towards Christmas: will we be able, with God's help, to take concrete steps towards peace?", the Pope asked. "It's not easy, we know. Some conflicts have deep historical roots, but we also have the testimony of men and women who have worked wisely and patiently for peaceful coexistence. Follow their example, make every effort to address and remove the causes of conflicts." "In the meantime, on the subject of human rights," Pope Francis added, recalling that today is the seventy-fifth anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, "civilians, hospitals, places of worship must be protected, hostages must be freed and humanitarian aid guaranteed." "Let us not forget the tormented Ukraine, Palestine, Israel," the Pope asked.
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