Pope Francis called for peace and defended those "forced to emigrate" during his traditional 'Urbi et Orbi' (to the city and the world) blessing from the balcony of Saint Peter's Basilica in Vatican City, on Wednesday.

"May the Son of God come down from heaven, protect and sustain all those who due to these and other injustices are forced to emigrate in the hope of a secure life," he said. "It is injustice that makes them cross deserts and seas that become cemeteries. It is injustice that forces them to endure unspeakable forms of abuse, enslavement of every kind and torture in inhumane detention camps."

The Pope also touched on conflicts and unrest in various countries, including Syria, Yemen, Iraq and Venezuela.

"There is darkness in economic, geopolitical and ecological conflicts, yet greater still is the light of Christ," he said.

A large crowd was seen in attendance at St. Peter's Square to hear the Pope's traditional Christmas address.

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