Humanitarian Care, Peace, Religion

In His Christmas Homily Pope Francis focuses on the theme of God’s grace: “bringing salvation to all” and shining “on our world this night”.

The Pope described this grace as “divine love, the love that changes lives”.

In his homily during the Mass, Pope Francis focused on the theme of God’s grace: “bringing salvation to all” and shining “on our world this night”.

The Pope described this grace as “divine love, the love that changes lives, renews history, liberates from evil, fills hearts with peace and joy”. This love is revealed to us as Jesus, he explained: “In Jesus, the Most High made Himself tiny, so that we might love Him”.

In a world where “everything seems to be about giving in order to get, God comes down freely. His love is non-negotiable”, said the Pope.

Humanitarian Care, Peace, Religion

Following a meeting with His Holiness Pope Francis, UN Secretary General sends Christmas message for ‘peace and a blessed New Year’

UN Secretary General meets His Holiness Pope Francis

UN News 25 December 2019
Peace and Security

While visiting with Pope Francis at the Vatican on Friday, UN Secretary-General António Guterres extended wishes for a peaceful Christmas and a blessed New Year.
“In these turbulent and trying times, we must stand together for peace and harmony”, said the UN chief.  “And that is the spirit of this season”.

He told the Pontiff that his “vision, guidance and example” reflects this in abundance.

Meeting with the Pope just a few days before Christmas was especially meaningful for Mr. Guterres.

“My deepest thanks to you, your Holiness, and my best wishes, to all those celebrating, for a Christmas in peace and a blessed New Year”, he concluded.

For his part, Pope Francis advocated for building trust and goodwill among people.

“Trust in dialogue between people and between nations, in multilateralism, in the role of international organizations, in diplomacy as an instrument for understanding and understanding, is indispensable for building a peaceful world,” he said.

Likewise, the head of the Catholic Church considered that Christmas, “in its genuine simplicity, reminds us that what really counts in life is love.”

Human rights, Peace

Congratulations to Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed of Ethiopia on being awarded the Nobel Peace Prize 2019

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As the youngest leader on the African continent Abiy Ahmed since taking office as Prime Minister has achieved peace and reform that most world leaders could only dream of

“We have only one option and that is to be united, not only cooperating and helping each other but uniting in order to live together,” PM Abiy Ahmed is quoted as saying. “So, our option should be to trust one another, heal our wounds together and work together to develop our country.”

Spearheading historic reform Ethiopia ended an autocracy when in April 2018 the ruling Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF) elected Abiy Ahmed, unifier, reformer and peacemaker as Prime Minister to lead their country and their people into a new era of historic change. (more…)