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Pope prays for 'gift of peace' in New Year message

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Pope Benedict XVI prayed for the "gift of peace" this year, condemning the inequality between rich and poor and "unregulated financial capitalism" at a New Year's mass in St Peter's Basilica on Tuesday. 

Young people dressed as the three kings (R) greet Pope Benedict XVI (2ndL) as he celebrates the solemnity of Mary the Mother of God mass and the 46th World Day of Peace on January 1, 2013 at the Vatican Basilica.

The pope spoke of "hotbeds of tension and confrontation caused by the growing inequality between rich and poor and the prevalence of a selfish and individualistic mentality also expressed by unregulated financial capitalism."

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