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The Great Holiday Wisdom Delivered by World Leaders In The Time of Pandemic

Each year, as the world gears up toward the climax of the holiday season, world leaders traditionally broadcast their inspiring messages and holiday greetings to the nation and the world to provide a source of comfort when everyone is experiencing anxiety over so many things. 

Only three world leaders usually reach a wider scale of audience during their Christmas day message broadcast. 

Pope Francis, Queen Elizabeth II, and whoever sat as US President. The broadcast often the most-viewed Christmas wisdom of any heads of state.

This year, however, the messages became even more stirring and uplifting as the world is experiencing one of the most challenging times in many decades. 

Everyone undergoes the toughest of times and these holiday messages became the source of great wisdom and inspiration.

This year, however, instead of the current US President giving an inspiring message, it's the incoming President who provided the world with inspiration and encouragement as Trump continues to spread lies and hate over his election loss.

Here are this year's holiday wisdom from the most popular Heads of States.

Pope Francis

His Holiness, Pope Francis, the current Roman Pontiff, is not only the leader of the Roman Catholic Church but also a Head of State. 

He is the reigning Sovereign Head of the State of Vatican, the smallest recognized nation in the world.

Pope Francis delivered his Urbi et Orbi message at the Lectern inside Vatican

Each year, the Pope's holiday message is one of the most anticipated among world leaders. 

During extraordinary time he would give his Urbi et Orbi blessing, a Latin phrase for "to the city and the world". City refers to Rome where Vatican is located.

His Urbi et Orbi message is one of the Catholic church's highlights of the year as the Pope reflects on the current situation of the world, how he would give inspiration in his message became the highlight of his role as God's messenger of peace.

This pandemic time however, it draws emotional reaction as the church is still not yet back to normal and church services in many parts of the world are still conducted online.

In response to strict pandemic restrictions, Pope Francis delivered his Urbi et Orbi message from the Lectern inside the Vatican instead of the central balcony of St. Peter's square. It was livestreamed for viewing around the world and garnered millions of viewers.

He reflected on ecological crisis, countries torn by war and disasters, poverty, difficulties brought by the pandemic, grave humanitarian crisis in war-torn and poverty-stricken nations. 

He called for solidarity and urged government leaders and business organizations to share the COVID vaccines to less fortunate people for free.

"At Christmas we celebrate the light of Christ who comes into the world; he comes for everyone, not just for some. Today, in this time of darkness and uncertainty regarding the pandemic, various lights of hope appear, such as the discovery of vaccines. But for these lights to illuminate and bring hope to all, they need to be available to all. 

"We cannot allow the various forms of nationalism closed in on themselves to prevent us from living as the truly human family that we are. Nor can we allow the virus of radical individualism to get the better of us and make us indifferent to the suffering of other brothers and sisters. 

"I cannot place myself ahead of others, letting the law of the marketplace and patents take precedence over the law of love and the health of humanity. I ask everyone – government leaders, businesses, international organizations – to foster cooperation and not competition, and to seek a solution for everyone: vaccines for all, especially for the most vulnerable and needy of all regions of the planet. Before all others: the most vulnerable and needy!

"May the Child of Bethlehem help us, then, to be generous, supportive and helpful, especially towards those who are vulnerable, the sick, those unemployed or experiencing hardship due to the economic effects of the pandemic, and women who have suffered domestic violence during these months of lockdown.

"In the face of a challenge that knows no borders, we cannot erect walls. All of us are in the same boat. Every other person is my brother or my sister. In everyone, I see reflected the face of God, and in those who suffer, I see the Lord pleading for my help. I see him in the sick, the poor, the unemployed, the marginalized, the migrant and the refugee: brothers and sisters all!"

READ THE FULL TEXT OF THE POPE'S MESSAGE HERE

Queen Elizabeth II

Her Majesty ascended the British throne in 1952 at the age of 26 and she gave her first televised Christmas day message in 1957. 

Since then, her Christmas day message on television became the highlight of the royal family's holiday celebration.

The Queen delivered her Christmas day message from Windsor Castle

This year, as the world suffers too much from the virus, the Queen's Christmas day message reflects a deep tone of sympathy, dedication to duty, and message of great hope.

Unlike in the previous years and decades since the invention of the modern technology in communication, the Queen chose to make the appearance of the live broadcast a bit simple and less glamorous. 

She still donned a diamond brooch pinned in her left chest but the absence of opulence is conspicuous. 

Instead of glittery lightings and extravagant backdrop, the setting just showed a bare long table where the monarch seated, a simple Christmas tree, and a lone photo frame of her husband, Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh.

This is a unique Christmas holiday for the House of Windsor. For the first time since 1987, the Queen and Prince Philip spent the entire Holiday season at Windsor Castle instead at Sandringham estate, and for the first time since they got married in 1947, the couple spent the festivities with just each other.

The Queen in her Christmas day message reflects on the dark period of the world due to the pandemic and reassure everyone's struggling without their family and friends that they are not alone.

She also reflects on the acts of kindness showed by many people and organizations.

"Everyday, we herald the coming of Christmas by turning on the lights. and the light does more than create a festive mood. Light brings hope. For Christians, Jesus is the light of the world, but we can't celebrate his birth today in quite the usual way.

"People of all faiths have been unable to gather as they would wish for their festivals such as Passover, Easter, Eid and Vaisakhi, but we need life to go on. 

"Remarkably, a year that has necessarily kept people apart has in many ways brought us closer. Across the Commonwealth, my family and I have been inspired by stories of people volunteering in their communities, helping those in need.

"In the United Kingdom and around the world, people have risen magnificently to the challenges of the year. And I am so proud and moved by the quite indomitable spirit.

"To our young people in particular, I say thank you for the parts you have played. We continue to be inspired by the kindness of strangers and draw comfort that, even on the darkest nights, there is hope in the new dawn".

READ FULL TEXT OF THE QUEEN'S CHRISTMAS DAY MESSAGE HERE

JOE BIDEN, Incoming US President

The President-elect delivered his Christmas message at the comfort of his home, sitting in the sofa beside his wife, Dr. Jill Biden.

US President-elect Joe Biden and wife, Jill

The incoming first couple reflected on the coronavirus crisis and how the pandemic tore family apart. They offered a message of comfort and urged people to help one another and unite, acknowledging the struggle of many during this difficult year just to survive.

They also thanked health workers, front liners, scientists and everybody who have worked together to develop vaccines.

"Jill and I wish you and your family peace, joy, health and happiness this season. But we know for so many of you in our nation this has been a very difficult year.

"We're reminded in this season of hope our common humanity and what we're called to do for one another. We're reminded we are on this earth to care for one another, to give what we can, and to be a source of help and hope to friend and stranger alike.

WATCH THE CHRISTMAS MESSAGE OF JOE BIDEN HERE


Happy Holidays! May the spirit of the holiday season dwell upon your home and bring you peace, joy, love, unity and good health. 

Wishing next year will be a brighter period for all of us, seeing a better world, free from illnesses and chaos. 🙏 Cheers! 🍷🎉

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