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Why The Pope Says Christmas Will Be A 'Charade' This Year

The pope has pointed to ongoing global conflict as a reason Christmas celebrations this year might ring a little hollow.
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Pope Francis says the ongoing violence in the world means upcoming Christmas celebrations will ring hollow. (Video via Vatican Television Center

Vatican Radio reports Francis said, "There will be lights, there will be parties, bright trees ... all decked out — while the world continues to wage war."

Francis went so far as to say it was a "charade" and said the world had yet to grasp peace. 

While it's a jarring message at the start of the holiday season, it wasn't out of the ordinary for Francis.

In typical fashion, the pope again called attention to the marginalized, in this case the children of war. (Video via ANAK-Tnk)

This video includes images from Getty Images. 

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