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Pope says spend less on Christmas, give to Ukraine


VATICAN CITY: Pope Francis on Wednesday urged people to spend less on Christmas gifts and celebrations, and to donate their savings to people in war-torn Ukraine.
“It’s great to celebrate Christmas. But let’s reduce our Christmas spending a little bit,” Pope Francis said during his weekly general audience at the Vatican.
“Let’s have a more humble Christmas, with more modest gifts. Let’s send what we save to the Ukrainian people who need it,” he said.
Nearly 10 months after the war, hardship from the war increased as winter began and Russia weighed in on Ukraine’s energy infrastructure.
The missile attacks were crippling – resulting in periodic blackouts of electricity, heating, water and telephone service throughout the territories of Ukraine.
The pope said: “Ukrainians are suffering so much. They are hungry and cold. A lot of people are dying because there are no doctors or nurses.”
On Tuesday, Ukraine’s Western allies pledged an extra one billion euros ($1.1 billion) in emergency aid over the winter to help the country fend off a Russian onslaught.

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