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.


Casts(铸件)of the same sculpture can be found in Belfast and Berlin, and it is simply called Reconciliation(调和、和谐).


Reconciliation is the peaceful end to conflict, and we were reminded of this(被提醒) in August when countries on both sides of the first world war came together to remember in peace.


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.


No one who fought in that war is still alive, but we remember their sacrifice and indeed the sacrifice of all those in the armed forces(军队) who serve and protect us today.


In 1914, many people thought the war would be over by Christmas, but sadly by then(在那个时候) the trenches were dug(战壕还在挖掘) and the future shape of the war in Europe was set.


But, as we know, something remarkable(不同寻常的事情) did happen that Christmas, exactly a hundred years ago today.


Without any instruction or command, the shooting stopped and German and British soldiers met in no man’s land(无人区). Photographs were taken and gifts exchanged(交换礼物). It was a Christmas truce(圣诞休战).


Truces are not a new idea. In the ancient world a truce was declared(宣布休战)for the duration of the Olympic Games and wars and battles were put on hold(中止).


Sport has a wonderful way of bringing together(团结)people and nations, as we saw this year in Glasgow when over 70 countries took part in(参加) the Commonwealth Games(英联邦运动会).


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.


As with the Invictus Games that followed, the courage, determination and talent of the athletes captured our imagination(给我们留下深刻印象)as well as breaking down(分解、消除) divisions.


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).


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.


On that chilly Christmas Eve in 1914 many of the German forces sang Silent Night, its haunting melody(久久回荡的音符) inching across(跨越)the line.


That carol(颂歌) is still much-loved(深受喜爱)today, a legacy of the Christmas truce, and a reminder to us all that even in the unlikeliest of places hope can still be found.


A very happy Christmas to you all.