Pope Starts Rome Holiday Season, Prays for Jobless

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."

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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