The Most Reverend Patrick Kelly, Archbishop of Liverpool, has been reflecting on events in 2010 and looking forward to 2011 with the hope of 'Peace with Justice'.
Looking back to 2010 and the May General Election the Archbishop says that rather than produce a wish list during the campaign the priority was, and is, to respond to those in need asking the questions: 'Why is there need and is it preventable or avoidable?' 'What are the causes and how can they be dealt with?'
He refers to the work of the 800 Group in Liverpool, a group of charities who together have offered over 800 years of service and pledges himself to keep watching and if the need emerges to speak out.
Reflecting on the historic State Visit of Pope Benedict XVI in September 2010 Archbishop Kelly says that it was a blessing. Following the controversy before the visit people received Pope Benedict and were willing to receive what he shared with them.
He said that Pope Benedict was calling on people to enter a journey to be changed in heart and mind and where hearts are saying 'yes' to God things will change.
Archbishop Kelly is due to leave for the Holy Land on Wednesday 5 January 2011 to take part in a meeting of the Holy Land Coordination where participants seek to walk alongside the people of the region. He says that taking their lead from the local Churches the group hopes to speak with those with political, social and economic responsibility in those lands to make sure the voice of reconciliation is heard. During his visit the Archbishop will celebrate Mass in the Parish of St Justin in Nablus which is twinned with the Parishes of St Cecilia, Tuebrook, and St Oswald, Old Swan.
He concludes by calling for peace with justice for all which he says is a need not only internationally but also for families and for everyone and he calls on people to make sure that those in greatest need are 'never, never forgotten'.