In the ruins of the old Coventry Cathedral is a sculpture of a man and a woman reaching out to embrace each other（张开双臂拥抱彼此）. The sculptor was inspired by the story of a woman who crossed Europe on foot after the war to find her husband.
The ceramic poppies at the Tower of London drew millions（万人瞩目）, and the only possible reaction to seeing them and walking among them was silence. For every poppy a life; and a reminder of（一个…的提醒之物） the grief of loved ones（至亲） left behind.
It is no accident that（…绝非偶然） they are known as（又叫） the Friendly Games. As well as（既…，） promoting dialogue between nations, the Commonwealth Games pioneered（首创） the inclusion of（…的融合） para-sports within each day’s events.
The benefits of reconciliation were clear to see（…的优势显而易见） when I visited Belfast in June. While my tour of the set of Game Of Thrones may have gained most attention（获得关心）, my visit to the Crumlin Road Gaol will remain vividly in my mind.
What was once a prison during the Troubles is now a place of hope and fresh purpose; a reminder of（一个…的提醒之物） what is possible when people reach out to one another（拥抱彼此）, rather like the couple in the sculpture.
Of course, reconciliation takes different forms（呈现不同的形式）. In Scotland after the referendum（公投）many felt great disappointment, while others felt great relief; and bridging these differences（消除这些差异） will take time（花些时间）.
Bringing reconciliation to war or emergency zones is an even harder task, and I have been deeply touched（深深感动） this year by the selflessness of（…的无私） aid workers and medical volunteers who have gone abroad to help victims of conflict or of diseases like Ebola, often at great personal risk（冒着个人巨大风险）.
For me, the life of Jesus Christ, the prince of peace, whose birth we celebrate today, is an inspiration and an anchor in my life（*超赞之句：我生命中的鼓励和依靠）.
A role model（典范） of reconciliation and forgiveness, he stretched out his hands（伸出双手） in love, acceptance and healing. Christ’s example has taught me to seek to（寻求）respect and value（尊重和珍视） all people, of whatever faith or none.
Sometimes it seems that reconciliation stands little chance（可能性很小） in the face of（在…面前）war and discord. But, as the Christmas truce a century ago reminds us, peace and goodwill（和平和善意）have lasting power（恒久的力量）in the hearts of men and women.