Pope asks people if they used 2013 to help others

VATICAN CITY (AP) - December 31, 2013

That's what we all should "courageously" consider as New Year's celebrations get under way, the pontiff said, as he led the service in St. Peter's Basilica on Tuesday evening.

In his homily, he asked people to reflect if they used 2013 to make the places where they live more livable and welcoming. Citing Rome as an example, Francis said the city is full of tourists, but also of refugees.

He said unemployed and underpaid workers all have the right to fair and welcoming treatment.

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