Religious leaders urge all to reject darkness in Christmas messages

Dec 26, 2019 by

by Harriet Sherwood, Guardian:

Embrace light and look for the good in others, say pope and archbishops of Canterbury and Westminster.

The pope has said that “darkness in human hearts” results in religious persecution, social injustice, armed conflicts and fear of migrants.

In his Christmas Day message to the world, Pope Francis said: “There is darkness in human hearts, yet the light of Christ is greater still. There is darkness in economic, geopolitical and ecological conflicts, yet greater still is the light of Christ.”

Thousands of people were in St Peter’s Square in Rome to hear the pontiff’s Urbi et Orbi (city and world) address. He told them and millions listening to his words around the world that change starts in the hearts of individuals. Despite the scale of global problems, people could make a difference within their own communities.

Francis called for peace in the Holy Land, Syria, Lebanon, Yemen, Iraq, Venezuela and Ukraine, and highlighted the persecution of Christians by militant groups in Burkina Faso, Mali, Niger and Nigeria.

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