Pope and UN chief record video with their Christmas wishes for peace
Pope Francis and the secretary-general of the United Nations said that, like millions of people around the world, during the Christmas season their thoughts turn to yearnings for peace and for the well-being of those in need.
After a 40-minute private meeting in the papal library on 20th December, Pope Francis and Antonio Guterres, the UN chief, recorded an eight-minute video, which was released a few hours later.
Pope Francis began by saying that in the days before Christmas, “our gazes are turned toward heaven to entrust to God the people and situations dearest to our hearts.”
Giving thanks “for all the good there is in the world,” the pope especially singled out the people who dedicate their lives to helping others and refuse to give up working for a more humane and just world.
“We cannot, we must not look away when faced with injustices, inequalities, the scandal of hunger in the world, poverty, children who die because they do not have the necessary water, food or health care,” Pope Francis said.
“We cannot turn away when there is any kind of abuse of children,” he said. “We must fight this plague together.”
Picture: Pope Francis meets with UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres during a private audience at the Vatican on 20th December 2019. (CNS photo/Filippo Monteforte, pool via Reuters).Tags: Antonio Guterres, chief, Christmas, Guterres, peace, Pope, Pope Francis, UN, video, wishes