I14-19991225-VATICAN CITY, VATICAN CITY STATE: Pope John Paul II blesses pilgrims and faithfuls gathered in St. Peter's Square from the central balcony during his Urbi et Orbi (to the city and the world) message Saturday 25 December 1999. The 79-year-old Pontiff issued a clear attack on abortion and called for a ban on the senseless use of weapons. In his message, the Pope said the humanity had much to regret about past centuries and urged the world to look to God's truth to avoid making more mistakes. EPA PHOTO/ANSA/VATICAN POOL/to-hh