Friday, August 5 2022

Pope Francis will deliver his annual Vatican New Year’s message to the world on the 55th World Day of Peace. The Holy Mass of the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God, on January 1, will take place in St. Peter’s Basilica from 10:00 a.m. local time.

For those unable to attend in person, the Vatican will live stream Mass, followed by the traditional Angelus blessing from St. Peter’s Square. which will take place at 12:00 p.m.

How can I watch New Year’s Day Mass live?

Every year, the Pope offers New Year’s Mass in the Vatican starting at 10:00 a.m. Central European Time, which is 4:00 a.m. Eastern time in the United States.

You can watch Pope Francis deliver the New Year’s Mass on the live stream of the Vatican News YouTube channel.

When will the Pope deliver his annual New Year’s message?

After mass the pontiff will go to his usual perch at a window overlooking St. Peter’s Square to deliver the traditional papal blessing, time permits. Last year he gave the Angelus blessing from the Papal Library due to bad weather.

You can log in to watch the Angelus blessing also on YouTube at 12:00 CET, which is 6:00 a.m. Eastern time in the United States.

Pope Francis calls for peace and dialogue in 2021

In his New Year’s message last year, the pontiff called for 2021 to be “a year of peace, a year of hope”. 2020 had seen the world hit by the covid-19 pandemic which Pope Francis said had “taught us how necessary it is to be interested in the problems of others and to share their concerns.” In turn, this understanding and reflection will lead to peace.

He continued this message throughout 2021 which saw the pandemic drag on, reminding the world that we are all “in this together”. And that when it is over “our post-pandemic world will necessarily be different from what it was before the pandemic”.

Throughout the year, his homilies were filled with advice for look at each other and refrain from judging and gossiping about our neighbours. As well to not let the grudges fester but to make peace before the end of the day.

In his “Urbi et Orbi” on Christmas Day he spoke about how the covid-19 pandemic has has aggravated the tendency of individuals and world leaders to stubbornly persist rather than talk to each other, increasing the distance between us. “There is the risk of avoiding dialogue, the risk that this complex crisis will lead to taking shortcuts rather than engaging the longer paths of dialogue. Yet only these pathways can lead to conflict resolution and lasting benefits for all,” said the pontiff.

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