The Pope has urged people to fight against, and not be indifferent to, the injustices, persecution, wars and misery in the world in his New Years day address.
For the third question, a young person asked Pope Francis whether the world will always be as we see it on the nightly news, which often seems full of nothing but bad, sad and even tragic stories.
“For this reason, the birth of the Son of God inaugurates a new era, a new computation of time, the era which witnesses the fulfilment of the ancient promise”.
In the New Year’s homily in St. Peter’s, Francis had reflected on the “countless forms of injustice and violence that daily wound our human family”. The message is titled “Overcome Indifference and Win Peace”. About 10,000 people had to go through additional screening to get into St. Peter’s Basilica. “Christian life is a journey”, said Pope Francis, “it is a joyful journey: sing, then, for this”.
As the Catholic church, which has 1.2 billion members, marks its annual World Day of Peace, he called on everyone to “let ourselves be reborn, to overcome the indifference which blocks solidarity, and to leave behind the false neutrality which prevents sharing”.
The pope also spoke of the “unspeakable” suffering of refugees in 2015 and added that “good things do not make the news”.
In his brief homily, Francis said the outgoing year had been marked by many tragedies.
To highlight the benefits springing from forgiveness and reconciliation in the world, Francis declared a Holy Year of Mercy, which began last month and runs through November 2016.
On Jan. 17, Francis will become the third pontiff to visit Rome’s synagogue and meet with the city’s Jewish community, following a landmark visit by St. John Paul II in 1986 and another by Pope Benedict XVI in 2010.