Pope addresses believers, talks God, and Middle East

ROME -- Speaking on Christmas Eve, Pope Benedict XVI urged a solution to the Arab-Israeli conflict and the war in Syria.


The head of the Roman Catholic Church called on all people to find a place for God in their "fast lives".

Pope served mass at the Vatican last night in front of 10,000 people - tourists, Italians and others, while the event was broadcast live to millions of others.

The leader of the 1.2 billion Roman Catholics said that societies had reached a point where in the opinion of many there was no room even for the existence of God.

"We want what we can catch, we want happiness, which is within reach ...We are so full of ourselves that we have no place for God," said Benedict, adding that "those who do not have a place for God in their lives, soon will have no place for others either", according to Reuters.

He also told the worshipers to pray for those who "live and suffer" in the Holy Land and called for peace between Israelis and Palestinians and the people of Syria, Lebanon and Iraq, as well as a peaceful coexistence between Christians and Muslims.

Also on Monday, thousands of Christian believers and pilgrims from all over the world celebrated the birth of Jesus in Bethlehem in the West Bank.

The celebration culminated with midnight mass at St. Catherine's Catholic Church, which is located next to the Orthodox Church of the Nativity.