25 – 26 May was the the Catholic Church’s first ever World Children’s Day! The main event was held in Rome but the Holy Father asked parishes and schools around the world to celebrate too.

As part of this joyful global celebration, Fr Emmanuel MHM sent this message to share:

‘Behold I make all things new’ (Revelations 21:5)

Affirming today and always the importance of responsible parenting, early education, and faith formation of children.

What kind of world do we want to leave to the children?

Dear God-given children, the Seven Sacraments of the Church are around you to discover, encounter, celebrate, and embrace. At the same time, the danger of vices, AI, social media, politics, and peer pressure constantly seek to sway and derail you.

Always remember that we are all beloved children of God who wants us to have life and live it to the full (John 10:10) and who sent Jesus to guide us in this life and into the next. Today we echo and celebrate the rights of children to live, to be safe, to learn, to be loved and protected, to listen and be listened to, not to be hurt or misguided and to be led by God’s divine providence.

Children bring immeasurable gifts, talents, joy, blessings, honour, transformation and glory to our world and God. We thank all parents, foster parents, grandparents, child-minders and educators.

Thank you also to Missio and Mission Together, who care about and pray for children in Africa, Asia, Europe, America, and Oceania who are struggling through poverty, hunger, sickness, and lack of social services.

Thoughts and prayers to the children in my home village and other villages who are still born into and living a ‘hunter/gatherer’ existence even in the 21st century; without education or prospects of a positive future other than to provide for their parents and elders.

We celebrate and acknowledge children of all physical, spiritual, and emotional states. The rural and the urban, the neglected and the precious, the living and the dead.

I am, you are, he/she is, we/you/they are the beloved children of God.

To my nieces, nephews, and cousins, great and grand, in their dozens, born into an excited world that is at once sensational and scary, a playground and a battlefield.

Fr Emmanuel MHM

Song: Beloved Child of God!

Fr Emmanuel shared this special song for World Children’s Day. Listen here and sing along!