Pope appeals for solidarity in tough economy (AP)

Pope Benedict XVI walks past a statue of Baby Jesus as he celebrates the Christmas Midnight Mass in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican, early Thursday, Dec. 25, 2008. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)AP – Pope Benedict XVI urged a world confronting a financial crisis, conflict, and increasing poverty not to lose hope at Christmas, but to join in “authentic solidarity” to prevent global ruin.

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