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Pope Francis smiles as he leads his weekly general audience in St Peter's Square at the Vatican on December 16, 2015. / AFP / FILIPPO MONTEFORTE

Pope Francis smiles as he leads his weekly general audience in St Peter’s Square at the Vatican on December 16, 2015. / AFP / FILIPPO MONTEFORTE

VATICAN CITY — In the final hours of 2015, Pope Francis is encouraging humanity to hang on to recollections of good deeds, so that gestures of goodness can be seen triumphing over evil.

Francis was presiding over a year’s end prayer service Thursday evening in St. Peter’s Basilica, where he mused about how people are sometimes driven by “insatiable thirst for power and by gratuitous violence.” He says it was impossible to forget “so many days marked by violence, by death, by the unspeakable suffering of so many innocents.”

Still, Francis is calling attention to what he called “great gestures of goodness, love and solidarity” that don’t make headlines.

Francis says: “These signs of love can’t and mustn’t be obscured by the tyranny of evil,” and that good always triumphs.

  • Sang D Riel

    Id like to thank governments worldwide for putting her citizens on high alert. Nothing rings in the new year better ,than ensuring that people are suspicious and afraid of each other, I would also like to thank all the news outlets on the planet for using the word terrorist so often that people have become afraid of their own shadows, I’m sure the words nut job or madman wouldn’t have had quite the same effect on the nations psyche.Lets make this a year of extraordinary violence in movies and on television and lets ensure that every depraved act is continually repeated on the six o;clock news to keep us citizens so off balance and mentally damaged that we may never figure out what a peaceful existence is or what a world without greed, war and environmental destruction might be. May we all remain silent on the things that matter and do nothing so that our children and grandchildren inherit a planet without basic freedoms and so they can live in a place where technology has so dehumanized us that we no longer speak to each other, just txt lol. Happy New Year Everyone , If you can remember what happy is.If you aren’t too busy this year , you might want to take back your planet from governments corrupted by the corporations hell bent on extracting every last penny from you at the cost of the very air and water that sustains your lives….just sayin’ is all.

  • Sang D Riel

    Id like to thank governments worldwide for putting her citizens on high alert. Nothing rings in the new year better ,than ensuring that people are suspicious and afraid of each other, I would also like to thank all the news outlets on the planet for using the word terrorist so often that people have become afraid of their own shadows, I’m sure the words nut job or madman wouldn’t have had quite the same effect on the nations psyche.Lets make this a year of extraordinary violence in movies and on television and lets ensure that every depraved act is continually repeated on the six o;clock news to keep us citizens so off balance and mentally damaged that we may never figure out what a peaceful existence is or what a world without greed, war and environmental destruction might be. May we all remain silent on the things that matter and do nothing so that our children and grandchildren inherit a planet without basic freedoms and so they can live in a place where technology has so dehumanized us that we no longer speak to each other, just txt lol. Happy New Year Everyone , If you can remember what happy is.If you aren’t too busy this year , you might want to take back your planet from governments corrupted by the corporations hell bent on extracting every last penny from you at the cost of the very air and water that sustains your lives….just sayin’ is all.

  • Sang D Riel

    Id like to thank governments worldwide for putting her citizens on high alert. Nothing rings in the new year better ,than ensuring that people are suspicious and afraid of each other, I would also like to thank all the news outlets on the planet for using the word terrorist so often that people have become afraid of their own shadows, I’m sure the words nut job or madman wouldn’t have had quite the same effect on the nations psyche.Lets make this a year of extraordinary violence in movies and on television and lets ensure that every depraved act is continually repeated on the six o;clock news to keep us citizens so off balance and mentally damaged that we may never figure out what a peaceful existence is or what a world without greed, war and environmental destruction might be. May we all remain silent on the things that matter and do nothing so that our children and grandchildren inherit a planet without basic freedoms and so they can live in a place where technology has so dehumanized us that we no longer speak to each other, just txt lol. Happy New Year Everyone , If you can remember what happy is.If you aren’t too busy this year , you might want to take back your planet from governments corrupted by the corporations hell bent on extracting every last penny from you at the cost of the very air and water that sustains your lives….just sayin’ is all.

  • Sang D Riel

    Id like to thank governments worldwide for putting her citizens on high alert. Nothing rings in the new year better ,than ensuring that people are suspicious and afraid of each other, I would also like to thank all the news outlets on the planet for using the word terrorist so often that people have become afraid of their own shadows, I’m sure the words nut job or madman wouldn’t have had quite the same effect on the nations psyche.Lets make this a year of extraordinary violence in movies and on television and lets ensure that every depraved act is continually repeated on the six o;clock news to keep us citizens so off balance and mentally damaged that we may never figure out what a peaceful existence is or what a world without greed, war and environmental destruction might be. May we all remain silent on the things that matter and do nothing so that our children and grandchildren inherit a planet without basic freedoms and so they can live in a place where technology has so dehumanized us that we no longer speak to each other, just txt lol. Happy New Year Everyone , If you can remember what happy is.If you aren’t too busy this year , you might want to take back your planet from governments corrupted by the corporations hell bent on extracting every last penny from you at the cost of the very air and water that sustains your lives….just sayin’ is all.

  • Sang D Riel

    Id like to thank governments worldwide for putting her citizens on high alert. Nothing rings in the new year better ,than ensuring that people are suspicious and afraid of each other, I would also like to thank all the news outlets on the planet for using the word terrorist so often that people have become afraid of their own shadows, I’m sure the words nut job or madman wouldn’t have had quite the same effect on the nations psyche.Lets make this a year of extraordinary violence in movies and on television and lets ensure that every depraved act is continually repeated on the six o;clock news to keep us citizens so off balance and mentally damaged that we may never figure out what a peaceful existence is or what a world without greed, war and environmental destruction might be. May we all remain silent on the things that matter and do nothing so that our children and grandchildren inherit a planet without basic freedoms and so they can live in a place where technology has so dehumanized us that we no longer speak to each other, just txt lol. Happy New Year Everyone , If you can remember what happy is.If you aren’t too busy this year , you might want to take back your planet from governments corrupted by the corporations hell bent on extracting every last penny from you at the cost of the very air and water that sustains your lives….just sayin’ is all.

  • Sang D Riel

    Id like to thank governments worldwide for putting her citizens on high alert. Nothing rings in the new year better ,than ensuring that people are suspicious and afraid of each other, I would also like to thank all the news outlets on the planet for using the word terrorist so often that people have become afraid of their own shadows, I’m sure the words nut job or madman wouldn’t have had quite the same effect on the nations psyche.Lets make this a year of extraordinary violence in movies and on television and lets ensure that every depraved act is continually repeated on the six o;clock news to keep us citizens so off balance and mentally damaged that we may never figure out what a peaceful existence is or what a world without greed, war and environmental destruction might be. May we all remain silent on the things that matter and do nothing so that our children and grandchildren inherit a planet without basic freedoms and so they can live in a place where technology has so dehumanized us that we no longer speak to each other, just txt lol. Happy New Year Everyone , If you can remember what happy is.If you aren’t too busy this year , you might want to take back your planet from governments corrupted by the corporations hell bent on extracting every last penny from you at the cost of the very air and water that sustains your lives….just sayin’ is all.

  • Sang D Riel

    Id like to thank governments worldwide for putting her citizens on high alert. Nothing rings in the new year better ,than ensuring that people are suspicious and afraid of each other, I would also like to thank all the news outlets on the planet for using the word terrorist so often that people have become afraid of their own shadows, I’m sure the words nut job or madman wouldn’t have had quite the same effect on the nations psyche.Lets make this a year of extraordinary violence in movies and on television and lets ensure that every depraved act is continually repeated on the six o;clock news to keep us citizens so off balance and mentally damaged that we may never figure out what a peaceful existence is or what a world without greed, war and environmental destruction might be. May we all remain silent on the things that matter and do nothing so that our children and grandchildren inherit a planet without basic freedoms and so they can live in a place where technology has so dehumanized us that we no longer speak to each other, just txt lol. Happy New Year Everyone , If you can remember what happy is.If you aren’t too busy this year , you might want to take back your planet from governments corrupted by the corporations hell bent on extracting every last penny from you at the cost of the very air and water that sustains your lives….just sayin’ is all.

  • Sang D Riel

    Id like to thank governments worldwide for putting her citizens on high alert. Nothing rings in the new year better ,than ensuring that people are suspicious and afraid of each other, I would also like to thank all the news outlets on the planet for using the word terrorist so often that people have become afraid of their own shadows, I’m sure the words nut job or madman wouldn’t have had quite the same effect on the nations psyche.Lets make this a year of extraordinary violence in movies and on television and lets ensure that every depraved act is continually repeated on the six o;clock news to keep us citizens so off balance and mentally damaged that we may never figure out what a peaceful existence is or what a world without greed, war and environmental destruction might be. May we all remain silent on the things that matter and do nothing so that our children and grandchildren inherit a planet without basic freedoms and so they can live in a place where technology has so dehumanized us that we no longer speak to each other, just txt lol. Happy New Year Everyone , If you can remember what happy is.If you aren’t too busy this year , you might want to take back your planet from governments corrupted by the corporations hell bent on extracting every last penny from you at the cost of the very air and water that sustains your lives….just sayin’ is all.

  • Sang D Riel

    Id like to thank governments worldwide for putting her citizens on high alert. Nothing rings in the new year better ,than ensuring that people are suspicious and afraid of each other, I would also like to thank all the news outlets on the planet for using the word terrorist so often that people have become afraid of their own shadows, I’m sure the words nut job or madman wouldn’t have had quite the same effect on the nations psyche.Lets make this a year of extraordinary violence in movies and on television and lets ensure that every depraved act is continually repeated on the six o;clock news to keep us citizens so off balance and mentally damaged that we may never figure out what a peaceful existence is or what a world without greed, war and environmental destruction might be. May we all remain silent on the things that matter and do nothing so that our children and grandchildren inherit a planet without basic freedoms and so they can live in a place where technology has so dehumanized us that we no longer speak to each other, just txt lol. Happy New Year Everyone , If you can remember what happy is.If you aren’t too busy this year , you might want to take back your planet from governments corrupted by the corporations hell bent on extracting every last penny from you at the cost of the very air and water that sustains your lives….just sayin’ is all.

  • Sang D Riel

    Id like to thank governments worldwide for putting her citizens on high alert. Nothing rings in the new year better ,than ensuring that people are suspicious and afraid of each other, I would also like to thank all the news outlets on the planet for using the word terrorist so often that people have become afraid of their own shadows, I’m sure the words nut job or madman wouldn’t have had quite the same effect on the nations psyche.Lets make this a year of extraordinary violence in movies and on television and lets ensure that every depraved act is continually repeated on the six o;clock news to keep us citizens so off balance and mentally damaged that we may never figure out what a peaceful existence is or what a world without greed, war and environmental destruction might be. May we all remain silent on the things that matter and do nothing so that our children and grandchildren inherit a planet without basic freedoms and so they can live in a place where technology has so dehumanized us that we no longer speak to each other, just txt lol. Happy New Year Everyone , If you can remember what happy is.If you aren’t too busy this year , you might want to take back your planet from governments corrupted by the corporations hell bent on extracting every last penny from you at the cost of the very air and water that sustains your lives….just sayin’ is all.