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Christian leaders urge calm and faith in time of 'fear'

December 25, 2016 3:48 pm

God can chase away “the fear of terror” and “the economies of injustice”, the Archbishop of Canterbury has said in his Christmas sermon.

The Most Reverend Justin Welby spoke about finding God in a world which “feels more awash with fear”.

His sentiment was echoed by Cardinal Vincent Nichols, Britain’s most senior Catholic, at his midnight Mass.

In his homily at Westminster Cathedral he said there was “much anxiety about the state of the world”.

Mr Welby delivered his sermon during a Eucharist service at Canterbury Cathedral on Christmas Day.
‘Glory of God’

In the sermon, he told the congregation that the end of 2016 “finds us all in a different kind of world, one less predictable and certain, which feels more awash with fear and division”.

He quoted Bank of England governor Mark Carney who said globalisation had for many brought “uncertainty” and “low wages, insecure employment, stateless corporation and striking inequalities”.

He said: "That uncertainty of our world, our feelings tells us that our values are in the wrong place.

“Economic progress, technological progress, communication progress hasn’t resulted in economic justice. It hasn’t delivered glory for us.”