Cardinal Jean-Claude Hollerich, the Archbishop of Luxembourg, echoed Pope Francis's Christmas message in his prayer on Wednesday.
Pope Francis addressed thousands of people in his Christmas Day speech in St Peter's Square in Rome, referring predominantly to the cause of helping migrants.
The head of the Catholic Church spoke about crisis zones throughout the world, including Syria, Iraq, Lebanon, the Sahel region, Nigeria and Yemen. In this time of Christmas, the Church highlighted the plight of children in conflict zones, who suffer from violence, abuse, and war.
The Archbishop of Luxembourg echoed Pope Francis's message during his speech at the cathedral in Luxembourg City. Cardinal Hollerich personally visited refugee camps on the island of Lesbos in May, at the request of the Pope. He pointed out that the situation on the island has dramatically worsened since then.
Describing the situation, Cardinal Hollerich added that children of all ages are there without contact people and are exploited. He said: "There are definitely children there that will vanish and be forced into child prostitution. There are children there who will be taught to steal. Others, who will be raped and assaulted. This is gruesome. This is not happening far from Luxembourg, in a place where we cannot help. This is happening in Greece - in Europe and in the European Union. We must be fiercely ashamed that we have not done anything to help."
Cardinal Hollerich, in his message, iterated the point of believing in hope over the festive period: "We can live with hope, give our lives meaning. This hope will allow us engage in helping others, to help other children and young people have happy lives on this world."
This moved to the Archbishop's second topic - fighting climate change. Cardinal Hollerich implied that the first to suffer the impact of climate change will be less fortunate people in third-world countries. Namely those fleeing for Europe.
Video in Luxembourgish.