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New Year celebrations: The world welcomes 2015

Revellers around the world have welcomed 2015 with a bang as fireworks spectaculars brought in the New Year.

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Pope urges religions to unite against slavery

Pope Francis has urged people of all religions and cultures to unite and fight modern slavery and human trafficking, saying everyone has a God given right to be free.

The Pope 's theme for his first mass of 2015 was "No Longer Slaves, but Brothers and Sisters."

Pope Francis urged all religions to unite against slavery in his New Year mass. Credit: REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi

"All of us are called [by God] to be free, all are called to be sons and daughters, and each, according to his or her own responsibilities, is called to combat modern forms of enslavement," he said.

"From every people, culture and religion, let us join our forces."

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