Pope remembers pandemic victims in the World Peace Day message.
Pope remembers pandemic victims in World Peace Day message
Pope Benedict XVI on World Day of Peace issued a message on behalf of all Christians, which can be seen at the link below. He dedicated the message to those affected by the recent measles outbreak in Swaziland. The Pope said that although the number of cases has not reached 20, it is a tragedy for those who fell ill and for families who lost a loved one or a child. The Pope also emphasized that the important message of World Peace Day is about peace everywhere and expressed his condolences to the families of those who lost members to this deadly disease.
He went on to say that it was a big responsibility for each individual to be aware of the need for vaccination against diseases such as measles, hepatitis and polio. He recalled that during outbreaks of these diseases, when a child was infected, his entire family – his parents, his brothers and his wife – had to take care of him and ensure that he received all the necessary medical attention. It was a great burden for them, he noted, and they had to prepare him well so that he could recover completely. The Pope then went on to praise worldwide efforts to combat and prevent diseases such as these to eliminate entire communities.
Speaking of his own childhood, the Pope recalled how he had a serious case of chicken pox and was taken to the Catholic orphanage near Vatican City, where he spent three days recovering. It was there, the Pope recalled, that a young servant from Africa took him home and took care of him faithfully all these months. When he was allowed to go home, Pope recalled, he started to feel better and stronger and the poor girl’s memories quickly spread throughout his mind and soul. He then wanted to give something back to the poor people of the world through his charity and charity work, so he established the charity and organization called “Red Cross”.
Today, as the world’s poorest continue to suffer, Pope said he wants to show them that “a new world is possible”, and that he wants to remind them “of the depths of humanity and kindness in people”. He wants them to know: “A person can do great things when he finds the courage to live his faith.” He wants them to know: “If you are not ready to share your blessings, no one else will.” The Pope also recalled how the Red Cross has helped so many people in so many ways. For example, during World War II, the Red Cross helped to save countless lives. Many were saved from certain death because of the Red Cross’s work, charity, and their willingness to help others in need.
In his speech, the Pope recalled that during the war, he visited countries devastated by plague, famine and war, and met with people who lost everything, even their families. He recalled how the children of these victims, who now grew up as doctors and nurses, became doctors and nurses. “And so it can be,” he concluded. He went on to praise the Red Cross for its caring service to many different types of people around the world. And he ended his message for the day on a hopeful note, inviting each generation to embrace peace and justice, freedom and compassion, and to teach our young people the importance of love and forgiveness.
The Pope’s message on World Day of Peace was well received. A representative of the Red Cross attended the ceremony, along with representatives of different religious groups. The Pope’s message came during a special meeting in the Vatican to observe the day when people around the world come together to promote world peace. The Pope’s message was well received not only by the people of Vatican City, but also by representatives of other religions around the world.
Pope Benedict XVI recalled the recent disaster at SARS, a deadly epidemic due to unhygienic conditions in a Chinese hospital. He called on all people, especially children, to come together in the effort to save millions of people from a new pandemic. He recalled that we are all part of a world and that we have a responsibility to work to maintain this global organization that is called the World Health Organization. The Pope told the assembled people that all diseases are preventable and that the love of God could find a cure for all the diseases that humanity is fighting. “Let us not forget the victims of these recent epidemics: children, mothers, families, men, women, the elderly, weak and powerful,” he said.
In the days leading up to World Day of Peace, the Holy Father will conduct an international prayer vigil during which prayers will be offered to all those killed or affected by the latest pandemic. The Pope will conclude his speech with a message of hope, calling on all people to work tirelessly to protect the world’s poor and to care for the world’s less fortunate. The Holy Father also asked all