At the conclusion of this Message, I would like to address a particular word to all believers in Christ, inviting them once again to be attentive and generous disciples of the Lord. When we hear the Gospel, dear brothers and sisters, we learn to build peace on the truth of a daily life inspired by the commandment of love. Every community should undertake an extensive process of education and witness aimed at making everyone more aware of the need for a fuller appreciation of the truth of peace. At the same time I ask for an increase of prayers, since peace is above all a gift of God, a gift to be implored incessantly. By God’s help, our proclamation and witness to the truth of peace will be all the more convincing and illuminating.
Also his Christmas Mass sounds like it was very good. I can’t find it on the Vatican website yet, but this article does give some of the highlights of the message…
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Benedict XVI offered a Christmas prayer for peace in the Holy Land on Sunday and made a special mention of children, including the unborn, as he led his first midnight Mass in the splendor of St. Peter’s Basilica.
Benedict’s reference to the unborn in his homily was a clear reference to the Roman Catholic Church’s opposition to abortion.
“God is so powerful that he can make himself vulnerable and come to us as a defenseless child, so that we can love him,” Benedict said, referring to the birth of Jesus. He said that “something of the splendor” of Christmas “shines on every child, even on those still unborn.” Reading his homily slowly, Benedict stressed the word “every” in his reference to children.
“On this night, when we look toward Bethlehem, let us pray in a special way for the birthplace of our Redeemer and for the men and women who live and suffer there,” the pope said. “We wish to pray for peace in the Holy Land.”
Benedict ended his homily with this appeal to God: “Where there is conflict, give birth to peace. Where there is hatred, make love spring up! Where darkness prevails, let light shine.”