Need for sobriety, solidarity: message of Pope Benedict
01 Jan 2009
Vatican City: December 31, 2008. Pope Benedict XVI has called for "sobriety and solidarity" in 2009 as the world struggles with economic and social woes
His appeal was made amid the splendour of St Peter's Basilica during a New Year's Eve vespers service.
Pope Benedict described these times as being "marked by uncertainty and worry for the future" but told the faithful not to be afraid.
He urged governments to help families in difficulty and said Catholic charities were doing as much as possible to help out.
A choir sang during the service, attended by cardinals, other clergy, pilgrims and tourists