The message that we send you today is different from previous messages.
We are about to celebrate Christmas, the birth of the Prince of Peace. In this Holy Land, torn by war, a group of men and women selflessly carry on their work in loving memory of the events that took place right here 2000 years ago, so that the maternity and delivery wards of Bethlehem’s Holy Family Hospital can continue to assist expectant mothers and their infants.
This event has inspired Sister Sophie, who on behalf of the Sisters of Charity has been working in the maternity and delivery wards for a number of years, amidst hope and anxiety for her patients. Sister Sophie was moved to launch this appeal for peace and hope.
We pass this touching, simple appeal on, so that each one of us, no matter from where we come or what our backgrounds are, can make a small moral and spiritual contribution to the labour of peace and reconciliation that Sister Sophie invokes in her prayers:
(Text of the message: Prayer of the Little Princes of Bethlehem).