天主教香港教區宗座署理湯漢樞機2019年聖誕賀辭

天主教香港教區宗座署理
湯漢樞機2019年聖誕賀辭

各位:

每年聖誕節,我們回顧基督降臨人間。 基督取了肉軀,誕生在一個家庭中,與世人一起生活。 之後,祂為救贖世人被釘在十字架上,並藉着死而復活,賜給我們邁向永生之道。

耶穌生於貧窮、卑微,讓我們特別提醒自己要心存謙卑,悔改更新,生活簡樸,與主與人與大地修好。 願我們的家庭和青年,與教會一起,多關懷貧苦及有需要者。

自六月份政府擬修訂《逃犯條例》而觸發遊行示威以來,政府與反修例者的意見對立,其他人士亦意見紛紜,導致社會撕裂,使很多市民精神和情緒上深受創傷。

趁聖誕佳節將至,我們呼籲各方停止暴力,靜心反思,謀求以人道方式解決目前僵局,重建社會和諧,並幫助因社運而在身心靈上受到創傷者獲得治癒。

我們再次籲請政府聆聽民意,儘速成立獨立調查委員會,俾能找出幾次嚴重警民衝突的真相,以重建官民之間的互信,開闢交談與修好的途徑。

期盼我們深愛的香港常能持守民主、自由、法治等核心價值,並早日紓緩貧富懸殊現象,化解矛盾,彰顯正義與和平。

謹祝聖誕深蒙主愛,新年共享平安!

天主教香港教區宗座署理
湯漢樞機
2019 年 12 月 23 日

His Eminence John Cardinal Tong
Apostolic Administrator of the Diocese of Hong Kong
Christmas Message 2019

Dear Friends,

Each year at Christmas, we recall the birth of the Infant Jesus into our human family. He ultimately died on the cross, redeeming us all from sin and opening the way to salvation.

Let us imitate Jesus, who set us an example of humility, poverty and simplicity. Let us respond to His call for repentance, by reconciling ourselves with God, with humanity and with creation. Let us also imitate Jesus in caring for the poor and the needy.

Protests against the “Extradition Bill” proposed by the government last June have led to a socio-political turmoil rocking the city over the past six months. As we approach Christmas, we earnestly appeal to all people to stop acts of violence.

Let us have a cooling-off period for an in-depth reflection on our social turmoil and find a way to resolve the current impasse in a humane manner, restoring peace with healing of body, mind and spirit.

Once again, we urge the government to listen to the voice of the people and conduct an independent inquiry into the violent confrontations between protesters and the police. This can help to re-establish mutual trust between the government and the people and pave the way for a dialogue of reconciliation.

We earnestly hope that our beloved city of Hong Kong will always uphold the core values of democracy, freedom and the rule of law, and that the gap between rich and poor will be narrowed, conflicts resolved, and justice and peace prevail.

May the Love and Peace of the Lord be with you at Christmas and throughout the coming Year!

來源:香港天主教社會傳播處