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HIS GRACE ARCHBISHOP PETAR RAJIC'S
NEW YEAR MESSAGE, 2011


Make Jesus the center of your life .....
and His message in its entire richness
will find a home with you.


Archbishop Petar Rajic


Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

D
uring the Christmas season our thoughts and prayers are concentrated on the great mystery of the Incarnation of Christ the Lord, who was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary (Apostlesí Creed). Jesus Christ is at the center of our faith and worship for In him we live and move and have our being (Acts 17:28). He is the reason for this Christmas season, for in him we recognize the Word made flesh (Jn 1:14) who came to dwell amongst us not just for one day, but for all time.

T
he New Year begins during the Christmas liturgical cycle and it is only fitting that we commence the year by imploring Godís blessings upon us, our families, the local Vicariate of Kuwait, and indeed upon the entire Church and all the world, so that the joy and peace that we experience during these holy days may continue during the New Year.

T
hese great gifts of God are not just for us, but for all of mankind, for it is our desire that all men and women may come to know the mighty deeds of the Lord and give glory and praise to him with their lives.

A
s Christians living in a society comprised of various religious groups, you are especially called to give good witness and be examples to others of true followers of Jesus Christ our Lord, so that others may see your honourable deeds and glorify God (1 Pt 2:12). As Catholics, you are especially called to adhere to the teachings of the Church and those of the Holy Father Pope Benedict XVI, who in his message for the World Day of Peace this year implores all men and women of good will to renew their commitment to building a world where all are free to profess their religion or faith, and to express their love of God with all their heart, with all their soul and with all their mind (cf. Mt 22:37) (Message WDP 2011, n.1).

R
est assured, we are never alone in our task, for we can always count on the powerful intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Mother of God, who in this particular region of the world is venerated as Our Lady of Arabia.

M
ay the New Year therefore begin and end with the Lordís blessings of peace and goodwill amongst all men and women. May new strides be made in working and cooperating together towards the building up of the community of faith in brotherly love and mutual respect, thereby making our local Church, the society and world we live in a better place for all. To all who read this message and those that will convey it, I willingly extend my Apostolic blessing and pray that you too may become a blessing for others!

+ Petar Rajič

Titular Archbishop of Sarsenterum
Apostolic Nuncio to Kuwait, Yemen, Bahrain, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates
Apostolic Delegate to the Arabian Peninsula



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See Also:
April 25, 2011 Homily of the Apostolic Nuncio, His Grace Archbishop Petar Rajic at the Eucharistic Celebration in Commemoration of the Anniversary of the Election of Pope Benedict XVI
May 1, 2011 Remembering Beloved John Paul II: An Interview with His Grace Archbishop Petar Rajic and His Lordship Bishop Camillo Ballin, MCCJ
July 20, 2010 An Exclusive Interview with His Grace Archbishop Petar Rajic
January 1, 2011 His Grace Archbishop Petar Rajic's Message for New Year 2011
March 19, 2010 Welcome Speech of H.L. Bishop Camillo Ballin, MCCJ, at the Concelebrated Mass at the Holy Family Cathedral, Kuwait City



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