As Chinese nationals from all over the world are welcoming the start of the Lunar New Year today, Pope Francis extends his greetings and best wishes to everyone who is taking part in the festivities.
Last Wednesday, after he ended his weekly general audience in the Vatican, the Pope expressed his best wishes for the Lunar New Year celebrations. (Read: 3 ‘Lucky Foods’ You Can Eat This Chinese New Year)
“On February 12, in the Far East and in various parts of the world many millions of men and women will celebrate the Lunar New Year,” he said. “I send them a cordial greeting, together with the wish that the new year bear fruits of fraternity and solidarity.”
The Pope then went on to bring attention to the ongoing challenges of the pandemic and expressed his hopes for everything — including the fun, colorful Lunar New Year celebrations— to get back to normal soon. (Read: Popes Francis, Benedict XVI Receive First Dose of COVID Vaccine)
“At this particular time, in which we are very concerned about facing the challenges of the pandemic that touches people physically and spiritually, but also influences social relationships, I express the hope that everyone might enjoy complete health and serenity of life,” he said.
Lunar New Year Greetings
To end his message, Pope Francis used the opportunity to encourage everyone to start the Lunar New Year right by reflecting on their individual responsibilities to mankind.
“Lastly, while I invite that we pray for the gift of peace and every other good, I would like to remind everyone that these are obtained through goodness, respect, far-sightedness, and courage,” the Pope said.
“Never forget to give preference to caring for the poorest and the weakest.” (Read: 3 Family Prayers to Start the New Year Right)
Today’s Lunar New Year celebrations mark the end of the Year of the Rat and the beginning of the Year of the Ox.