In his year-end message, Pope Francis said that 2017 had been harmed by lies, injustice, and war and he called on people to take responsibility for their actions.
During an evening vespers service in St. Peter’s Basilica, his last public event of 2017, the Pope stated that humanity had “wasted and wounded” 2017 “in many ways with works of death, with lies and injustices.”
While war was the most prominent sign of “unrepentant and absurd pride,” a lot of other transgressions had resulted to “human, social and environmental degradation.”
The pope said: “We must take responsibility for everything before God, our brothers and our creation.”
While Pope Francis did not mention about any specific events from 2017, he had made his voice heard on many of the biggest issues in the world over the course of the year.
In April, Pope Francis denounced the “unacceptable massacre” of many innocent civilians in a chemical weapons attack that occurred in Syria. A month ago, he also visited Myanmar, where over 600,000 Muslim Rohingya people have been driven away from their homes and into neighboring Bangladesh, talking with authorities in an effort to mitigate the said crisis.
The pope also tried to promote peace in Colombia during his trip in September and urged Donald Trump, the President of the United States to address issues on Climate Change in May. Amid the heightening tensions between the West and North Korea, Pope Francis expressed his concern regarding nuclear arsenals.
At the end of the said service, Pope Francis walked across St. Peter’s Square, stopping to pose for pictures and shake hands, as he paid a short visit to the life-size nativity that was set up outside.
On the 1st of January, the leader of the 1.2 billion Catholics in the world will hold a Mass to mark the World Day of Peace of the Church.