Sharing Hope and Joy: Christmas Message from Archbishop of York, Stephen Cottrell
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Sharing Hope and Joy: Christmas Message from Archbishop of York, Stephen Cottrell

Archbishop of York, Stephen Cottrell, explains why he’s focusing on kindness and compassion in his Christmas message to the people of York and North Yorkshire, rather than commercialism.

Despite the millions spent by retailers on Christmas adverts, Archbishop Cottrell finds a small Northern Ireland pub’s $700 video to be the most valuable. The heartwarming two-minute film from Charlie’s Bar in Enniskillen has gone viral, depicting the simple yet profound story of an isolated elderly man finding love and friendship with a couple and their dog, Missy.

The video, accompanied by Birdy’s song “People Help The People,” conveys the Christmas spirit of kindness, love, and compassion for those in need. The Archbishop emphasizes the importance of offering generosity, forgiveness, and hospitality, echoing the challenging yet hopeful message of the Christmas story.

He also shares a touching example from York and North Yorkshire, where Middle Feast restaurant owner Wael Garas plans to provide free takeaway meals on Christmas Day to those away from their families, including emergency service workers and refugees, as an expression of his Christian faith.

Amidst the holiday festivities, Archbishop Cottrell encourages everyone to find inspiration from the Christ-child and extend help and hospitality to people everywhere.

Happy Christmas!