· Benedict XVI's in his traditional Christmas Message to the City and the World, troubled with conflict ·
Emergencies in Syria, the Holy Land, Egypt, Mali, Nigeria, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Kenya among the concerns of the Pope
There is a good earth, a healthy earth freed of all selfishness and all lack of openness; a earth that God has prepared to come and dwell among us. It truly exists, even today in 2012. And from this a earth, truth has sprung out again, bringing with it love, justice, peace, acceptance for all, even the most humble and disadvantaged people. A earth where pure Light shines, thanks to which the dignity of man is and remains inviolable; where violence is considered ridiculous. Rediscovering that earth means returning to peace. A Christmas open to the unrepentant Christian hope, proposed by Benedict XVI, pained by the endless forms of violence which bloody the paths of humanity committed to filling itself so much so that there is no “space for God”, and thus also for neighbours, children, the poor, the hunger and the suffering.
The discourses given by the Pontiff during the Christmas celebrations reproposed the cross-section of a disturbing scene, one where man attempts to close himself to God: a kind of “inverse omnipotence”. A “gloomy thought”, according to the Pope in his Urbi et Orbi Message, which “can make us fearful”. And this is where Christian hope plays its part, the hope “that conquers fear: truth has sprung up! God is born!”.
The Pope expressed his wish for peace for the people of Syria; for the peoples of Israel and Palestine, for the Holy Land, for Egypt, for Mali, Nigeria, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Kenya and the vast continent of Asia. He also wished that the King of Peace turn his gaze to the “leaders of the People’s Republic of China for the high task which awaits them” and to the government leaders of Latin America in order to ensure peace and well-being to all.
The Pope raised a solemn prayer at Midnight mass so that even today “swords may be turned into ploughshares that instead of weapons for warfare, practical aid may be given to the suffering” and those who believe that they have to practise violence in God's name, may they “see the senselessness of violence and learn to recognize” the true face of God.
St. Peter’s Square
Sept. 16, 2019
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