“Peoples and nations of the entire world need to hear these words. Their conscience needs to grow in the certainty Someone exists who holds in His hands the destiny of this passing world; Someone who holds the keys to death and the netherworld (Rev 1:18); Someone who is the Alpha and the Omega of human history (Rev 22:13) — be it the individual or collective history. And this Someone is Love (Jn 4:8, 16) — Love that became man, love crucified and risen. Love unceasingly present among men. It is Eucharistic Love. It is the infinite source of communion. He alone can give the ultimate assurance when He says “Be not afraid!” Pope John Paul II

Photograph: Stephen Wise