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Pope’s Christmas message calls on Syria to end killings

Pontiff also talks of problems in China, Mideast

VATICAN CITY — In his Christmas message to the world, Pope Benedict XVI called for an end to the slaughter in Syria and for more meaningful negotiations between Israelis­ and Palestinians, while encouraging more religious freedom under China’s new leaders.

Delivering the traditional speech on Tuesday from the central balcony of St. Peter’s Basilica, Benedict also encouraged Arab spring nations, especially Egypt, to build just societies.

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