Pope sends new year greetings to Asia

Alessandro Speciale, Vatican City, Vatican City

February 11, 2013

Pope Benedict XVI sent the people of Asia his best wishes for “harmony” and “peace” on Sunday at the start of the lunar New Year which fell on the same day.

Speaking at the Sunday Angelus prayer in St Peter’s Square, the Pope wished Asians celebrating the festival – including people in China, Singapore and Vietnam – a happy and prosperous Year of the Snake.

“Peace, harmony and thanksgiving to Heaven are universal values that are celebrated in this happy occurrence, and are desired by all to build their family, society and nation,” he said.

The pontiff concluded his short address by calling on Asian Catholics “to be led by Christ’s wisdom” during this Year of Faith from October 11 last year to November 24.