Christmas Message of the Apostolic Nuncio H.E. Leopoldo Girelli Christmas 2023

Natalis Domini, natalis est pacis: “The Lord’s birth is the birth of peace” (St. Leo the Great, Serm. 26, 5).

As every year, this year too, the Church experiences the wonder of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Saint Joseph and the shepherds of Bethlehem, as they contemplate the new born Child laid in a manger: Jesus, the Saviour.

On this day full of light, the prophetic proclamation resounds: “For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be upon his shoulder; and his name will be called Wonderful Counsellor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace” (Is 9:6).

Truly Jesus is our peace. The peace that the world cannot give, the peace that God the Father has bestowed on humanity by sending his Son into the world. However, even as the inspiring message of the birth of the Saviour, the source of true peace, resounds in our hearts and in the whole world, we continue to witness a great number of disagreements, violence, armed conflicts and war. Hence, the world is starving for peace.

May the Lord come to the aid of our world torn by so many skirmishes, violence which stain the earth with an enormous humanitarian crises including severe suffering, displacement of inhabitants and innumerable deaths of innocent people.

May the Prince of Peace grant peace and stability to those Lands which experience constant conflict and division. May the birth of Christ be a source of hope for everyone whose dignity is offended and violated, since he came to set every man and woman free from all oppression. May every nation strive to foster peacebuilding efforts and create conditions to foster lasting peace. And may each of us do our part to promote justice and peace in society.

Let us turn our gaze to the babe of Bethlehem and renew the joyous proclamation of the heavenly hosts saying: “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among those whom he favours” (Luke 2:14). The Child whom we contemplate is our eternal hope. He has brought to the world a universal message of reconciliation and peace. Let us open our hearts to him, receive him into our lives and bow down to adore him.

On this joyful Christmas Day, may Jesus bring his radiance to all, brighten the darkness of this world and shine in your hearts and in your homes always.


Address of the Apostolic Nuncio, H.E. Archbishop Leopoldo Girelli to the Standing Committee of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of India Friday 17th September 2021
Inaugural Address of the Apostolic Nuncio CBCI – 2018 Plenary Meeting Bangalore, 2-9 February 2018
Golden Jubilee of Priesthood of Bishop Yvon Ambroise, Diocese of Tuticorin
Golden Jubilee of the Sacerdotal Ordination of Fr. Ignatius D’Costa, Mangalore Diocese
75th Year of the inception of the comitium of the Queen of Apostles of the Pious Lay Association of Legion of Mary
Diamond Jubilee of Rev. Mother Mary Grace of the Sacred Heart OCD
Golden Jubilee of Good Shepherd Church, Guduvanchery, Kancheepuram, Tamil Nadu
National Symposium: ‘Understanding Amoris Laetitia in the Indian Situation’
Message of the Apostolic Nuncio to the Eparchy of Faridabad New Delhi, Thyagaraj Stadium, 2 October 2017