Archbishop of Westminster's Christmas Message

Archbishop Vincent Nichols

Archbishop Vincent Nichols

"As is the case for many people, for me this past year has been one of activity and change. Now, it is important to find the opportunity for stillness and reflection and to use this time of waiting as a time of preparation - for our hearts to turn to the Lord and welcome His presence into the World."

"We remember the fragile baby boy, born in a lowly manger in Bethlehem. This reminds us of the humility and loving generosity of God towards every human being. This is the source of our hope, for now every human life is clearly of eternal significance."

"Of course, Christmas is also a time of goodwill and I know that many people throughout our diocese, in schools,  parishes and other organisations, are working to help others in our country and abroad who may depend on our charity for food and shelter. This is particularly important this year, when many people have been affected by the economic crisis. "

"At Christmas we share in the joy that Mary felt when she sang the Magnificat: 'My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Saviour' (Luke 1: 46-47) for He has truly blessed us through His Incarnation. May that blessing be felt by you and all your family this Christmas and New Year."

Archbishop Vincent Nichols

A Pastoral Letter for the Feast of the Holy Family, will be read out in parishes on December 27 and 28 December,
A video and audio recording of the Pastoral Letter will be available on December 27 at:

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