In today's address at the midday Angelus, Pope Benedict XVI expressed grief over the violence in Gaza, calling for the international community to do everything possible to help the Israelis and Palestinians to find a way out of their situation through dialogue and negotiation. He asked the faithful to entrust their prayers to Jesus Christ, Prince of Peace, asking for peace in the Holy Land.
On this Feast of the Holy Family, he also spoke of the family as the cornerstone of society. He called on all families to "imitate their faith, hope and charity, so as to bear greater witness to the singular importance of the 'domestic church' for the life of the universal Church and for society." Here is his greeting in English:
Articles are online from Asia News and Vatican Radio. The prepared text in Italian, which does not contain the Holy Father's words about Gaza, can be found at the Vatican Press Office's Daily Bulletin. Full translations are available at Papa Ratzinger Forum and Zenit.