Pope Francis has endorsed Hear Angels Cry, a Christmas song produced by Friends of the Holy Land – and we can all help it reach Number One in the Christmas Charts!
Hear Angels Cry is a heartfelt plea for unity, compassion, and the enduring power of hope, even in the most challenging circumstances. This Christmas, the world is invited to join in this message of solidarity and support for those affected by the ongoing struggles in the Holy Land. Proceeds from the song will go to Friends of the Holy Land, a UK charity which is also registered in Palestine. Through its office in Bethlehem, it is well-placed to get urgent, personalized aid to the families most in need in Gaza and the West Bank and will make sure the most in need are helped quickly by the proceeds from the song.
Youstina Safar, a resident of Bethlehem and a student at Bethlehem University, has collaborated with the London-based band Ooberfuse to deliver a powerful message through Hear Angels Cry. The song resonates with the belief that hope for a better future, born in the hearts of humanity, remains resilient in the face of aggression.
As this year, in a departure from the traditional decorations and Christmas tree lighting, the Bethlehem Municipality has chosen to cancel Christmas festivities as a prayer for peace, Youstina said, ‘In the midst of despair, our song Hear Angels Cry stands as a testament to the enduring spirit of hope in Bethlehem. While the traditional Christmas displays may dim this year in remembrance of lives lost in Gaza, our voices unite to affirm that hope will never succumb to darkness.’
Cherrie Anderson, a member of Ooberfuse, said, ‘As we embarked on this music project in June, we never anticipated the cancellation of Christmas displays in Bethlehem. The dimming of lights in Manger Square honours those who tragically lost their lives in the Holy Land. Hear Angels Cry embodies Jesus’ message of love, prevailing even in the face of hopelessness. All proceeds from the song will directly benefit those suffering in Gaza, particularly the children reconstructing the fragments of their lives.’
As a partner in this project, John Handal, a Music Producer from Bethlehem and the owner of RJ
Music company, has played a crucial role in bringing this collaboration to life. ‘It’s an honour to be part
of a project that transcends borders and brings together artists from Bethlehem and London. Hear Angels Cry is a testament to the enduring power of music to convey messages of peace and resilience. Through our collaboration, we aim to shine a light on the indomitable spirit of Bethlehem and support those affected by the conflicts in the Holy Land.’
Brendan Metcalfe is CEO of Friends of the Holy Land and said,
‘This song which we hope will inspire many people throughout the world to pray in solidarity for reconciliation and peace in the Holy Land has reached the ears of Pope Francis, who has endorsed it and its theme of a light shining in the darkness, a voice of hope rising from amidst the rubble of war. The Pope has said that he trusts it “will inspire many people this Christmas to pray for a new flourishing of fraternal solidarity, reconciliation and peace in the Holy Land”. The message of Christ has been a light, both spiritually and practically through the work of so many Christian institutions, in the region for thousands of years. We can’t let that light go out in our generation.’
The Christmas song has been promoted on the Vatican News and is being played on Vatican Radio: https://www.vaticannews.va/en/pope/news/2023-12/pope-praises-fundraising-christmas-song-for-peace-in-holy-land.html