Frail Pope Urges Peace for Warring World

Pope John Paul II gave his annual Christmas mass while seated in a mechanical chair. He delivered a message of peace, especially in the Middle East. The Vatican's emphasis on solving confrontations through non-violent negotiation has put the Pope in an awkward position: between western governments backing the U.S.-led war in Iraq, and Islamic countries with a Christian minority. NPR's Robert Siegel speaks with John Allen, the Vatican correspondent for the National Catholic Reporter.

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