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Charles focuses on shared values ​​in times of conflict

In his Christmas message, the king stressed the importance of “universal” values ​​shared between major religions at a time of “increasingly tragic conflict around the world.”

Against the backdrop of the conflicts in Israel, Gaza and Ukraine, he referred to the words of Jesus: “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.”

King Charles also spoke of protecting the planet as a spiritual duty.

And he praised the volunteers’ efforts to help those in need.

The King’s second Christmas broadcast, recorded at Buckingham Palace, brought together some of his most personal concerns – building bridges between faiths, protecting the environment and caring for the most vulnerable.

He has long been committed to supporting connections between different religious communities at home and abroad. A key theme of this year’s message is how much the major religions have in common despite violence in the Middle East and elsewhere.

The king spoke of the universal values ​​of respect for others in the “Abrahamic religious family,” which includes Judaism, Islam and Christianity.

“I pray that we can also do everything in our power to protect each other,” said the king, calling for more tolerance for people, “to put ourselves in the shoes of our neighbors and to seek their welfare as we do would do it for our own”.

Although the replantable Christmas tree next to the king conveyed its own seasonal message, the speech had a strong environmental theme.

“Honoring all of creation” is a “belief shared by all religions,” said the king, who delivered the key speech at the recent COP28 climate summit in Dubai.

“Caring for this creation is a responsibility of people of all faiths and even people of no faith. We care for the earth for the benefit of our children’s children,” he said, combining spirituality with environmental protection.

The King referred to the role of “natural” shepherds in the story of Jesus’ birth – and the program features the Christmas carol “While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks”, sung by a Bexley community choir, a group who expand access to music should.

Such speeches by the king must strike a balance between addressing important issues of the day and avoiding accusations of meddling in politics.

And his Christmas message was about protecting people in need, be they strangers or your own family.

On his 75th birthday, he launched the Coronation Food Project to support the distribution of surplus food to food banks and reduce food waste. Images from this program were shown during the recorded message.

“This care and compassion that we show to others is one of the themes of the Christmas story, especially when Mary and Joseph found refuge from strangers in their hour of need while they awaited the birth of Jesus,” the king said.

The king praised volunteers and those who cared for others as “an essential backbone of our society.”

The annual speech was overlaid with images of key moments of the year, such as the coronation and state visits abroad.

This also included other members who are now central to the royal family – including the Prince and Princess of Wales, the Duke and Duchess of Edinburgh and the Princess Royal.

“On this Christmas Day, my heart and gratitude go out to all who serve one another, to all who care for our common home, and to all who see and seek the well-being of others, not least the friend we do not yet know.” In this way we get the best out of ourselves,” the king summarized his themes.

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