I am constantly astonished by the courage with which people face terrible challenges: unemployment, terminal illness, the breakdown of relationships. We hope for our children, many of whom face long term unemployment, some of whom have lost their faith. We also pray for the millions of young people in Europe who are struggling to imagine a future. May they find hope.
And our war weary world needs hope. The Ukraine is boiling. There is a band of violence stretching east from Nigeria, the Sudan, Somalia, Libya, Syria, Iraq, the Holy Land, Afghanistan and Pakistan. Millions of people are fleeing their homes. A hundred thousand Christians are killed every year for their faith. And so today, humanity urgently needs hope.