In his annual Christmas message, Pope John Paul II revealed his Christmas wish, "for a new humanity united not just by economic interests but by the unceasing effort to bring about a society that is more just and supportive." He also prayed that "God's holy name never be used as a justification for hatred — let it never be used as an excuse for intolerance and violence." Across the world, Christian, Jews, and Muslims all celebrated holy winter holidays over the past couple of weeks. What is the real Christmas/Hanukah/Ramadan message in these uncertain times? This hour, Tom Ashbrook talks with his childhood minister about faith, hope, anger, and prayer.
Reverend Richard Watts, recently retired pastor of New Covenant Community, Normal, Illinois
co-author of "Who is Jesus? Answers to Your Questions About the Historical Jesus."
This program aired on December 26, 2001.