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Pope Benedict XVI delivers his Christmas Day message to the faithful from the central balcony of St Peter's Basilica on December 25, 2012 in Vatican City. (credit: Franco Origlia/Getty Images)

Pope Benedict Prays For Peace In Christmas Day Message

Pope Benedict XVI prayed that God “grant Israelis and Palestinians courage to end long years of conflict and division, and to embark resolutely on the path to negotiation.”


The cruise ship Costa Concordia lies stricken off the shore of the island of Giglio, on January 17, 2012 in Giglio Porto, Italy. (Photo by Laura Lezza/Getty Images)

Four NYers Among Survivors Of Sinking Italian Cruise Ship; Search Continues For Others

Joan, Brian and Alana Aho of Duanesburg, N.Y., made it off the ship during Friday’s emergency. But they told a friend that there was panic all around them.