Christmas messages from Christian leaders
In his letter ahead of Christmas, the Archbishop of Canterbury drew attention to the centrality of gifts in the Christmas story. He reflected on the many uncertainties in the world and cites the coming of Jesus as Good News for all, giving hope for mutual understanding, peace and love
The Bishop of Manchester is very direct – seeing homelessness a cause for national shame and in need of action by government
Pope Francis also reviewed uncertainties and conflicts in specific places. He urges a return to fraternity in a counter to self-interest.
The Reverend Michaela Youngson and Bala Gnanapragasam from the Methodist Connexion pay respect for initiatives around the world which aim to right wrongs and help the disadvantaged. They list some of the ways in which church communities are working to improve the lot of people in difficulty in the UK. Response to the needs of people with dementia is amongst the good practice which is mentioned
Within this, older people share the concerns of people of all ages to see the world and this country in such disarray. It is so frustrating after a life-time trying to make things better, to find that selfishness and self-interest have become so dominant and so destructive