ROME (AP) - Pope Benedict says he's praying for people who have
lost jobs or are struggling to pay their bills this Christmas
Rome's holiday season began Monday with a traditional appearance by the pope near the Spanish Steps.
Thousands of Romans and tourists crowded into the square near Rome's posh shopping streets to hear Benedict pray near a statue of
the Virgin Mary.
Benedict said he hoped that people who are struggling this Christmas season will feel the "warmth of God's love."
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