LONDON: The Archbishop of Canterbury on Monday highlighted the plight of the children in war-hit Gaza strip during his Christmas Day sermon.
Justin Welby during a service at Canterbury Cathedral said this year, the skies of Bethlehem are full of fear rather than glory and angels.
He drew parallels between the hardships faced by children in the area today and the times of Jesus’ birth.
He lamented at the suffering of the children in Gaza and their parents noting that nobody is willing to help them as they desperately need shelter.
The archbishop stressed the importance of service over dominance in addressing international challenges such as climate change, economic disparity, terrorism, Islamophobia and racism.
Earlier in October, the archbishop spent four days in Jerusalem to express solidarity with the Christian community in the Holy Land after Israel bombed the Anglican-run Al-Ahli hospital in Gaza.
Palestinian Christians had strongly condemned his statement on the Israel-Hamas war, accusing him of ignoring their plight behind British politics.
According to Gaza health ministry at least 20,674 Palestinians, mostly women and children, have been killed in unrelenting Israeli bombardments since October 7.
The UN has said that some 1.87 million Palestinians, over 80 percent of Gaza’s population, have left their homes because of the Israeli bombardment of the besieged enclave.
The Israeli raids have almost destroyed entire neighborhoods in northern Gaza. Israeli ground troops have been facing heavy resistance from Hamas fighters in the area.