In his end-of-year mass in St. Peter's Basilica in the Vatican on New Year's Eve, Francis spoke of "violence, death, unspeakable suffering by so many innocent people, refugees forced to leaves their countries, men, women and children without homes, food or means of support," and other issues affecting people across the world over the past year.
"Good things don’t make news," he said, before proclaiming that journalists should not allow the positive things in the world to be "obscured by the arrogance of evil".
"We ask how long human evil will continue to sow violence and hatred in our world, reaping innocent victims," The Pope said. "We are witnessing hordes of men, women and children fleeing war, hunger and persecution, ready to risk their lives simply to encounter respect for their fundamental rights."
Speaking in a broadcast on BBC One on New Year's Day, Welby said: "Jesus was a refugee - fleeing as a baby with his parents, returning years later to a strange new home."
He also urged British Christians to use "hospitality and love" to defeat "hatred and extremism".