Hope can counter 'dark times' in the world, says King Philippe in Christmas speech

In his traditional Christmas and New Year address, King Philippe called for the "strength of hope" to combat the fear and sense of powerlessness caused by conflict and other global challenges.

"This year, too, we are experiencing dark times," said King Philippe, citing conflicts and wars in Ukraine, Congo, Sudan and the Middle East. "Let us (...) set an example of a society in which people of all backgrounds and beliefs build a common future together."

Geopolitical developments, the fragility of democracy and the scale of climate challenges create an uncertain future, said King Philippe, and fuel a sense of powerlessness. "We must dare to face this reality. But in the face of the fear and anxiety that can discourage and paralyse us (...) we can face that with the power of life itself: hope."

This optimism leads to confidence and encourages "constructive forces" such as nuance, listening and dialogue. "A spirit of cooperation, not division, in the pursuit of the common good," he said. "A sustainable world, but also a warm society. They go hand in hand."



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