In Peace Day message, pope addresses death penalty, debt, migrants

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December 15, 2015

Members of the Turkish Coast Guard near Izmir, Turkey register Syrian migrants after capturing a boat carrying them Dec. 10 as they attempted to reach Greek island of Chios. (CNS photo/Tolga Bozoglu, EPA) See POPE-PEACE-MESSAGE Dec. 15, 2015.

Members of the Turkish Coast Guard near Izmir, Turkey register Syrian migrants after capturing a boat carrying them Dec. 10 as they attempted to reach Greek island of Chios. (CNS photo/Tolga Bozoglu, EPA)

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Pope Francis called for abolishing the death penalty worldwide, lifting the burden of debt on poor nations, global aid policies that respect life and revamped laws that welcome and integrate migrants.

He urged individuals, communities and nations to not let indifference, information overload or pessimism discourage them from concrete efforts “to improve the world around us, beginning with our families, neighbors and places of employment.”

Building peace, he said, is not accomplished by words alone, but through the grace of God, a conversion of heart, an attitude of compassion and the courage to act against despair.

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