Reflecting on the “distinct sign” of the Christian faith — belief in the incarnation of the Son of God — Pope John Paul II linked the coming of Christ to the need for peace in the face of today's many world tensions.
Speaking in the Paul VI Audience Hall to pilgrims bundled in scarves and bulky coats because of near-freezing temperatures outside, the Holy Father called on all Christians to make a contribution to peace.
He called for a year of forceful and insistent prayer to obtain God's grace of good will among men and women, especially in “more troubled areas of the planet.”
The Pope said Christians should imitate “the faith and docility of Mary,” who welcomed Christ into our world, and therefore welcomed salvation for all.
- January 13-19, 2002