Bethlehem Peace Light generates a glow of Christmas magic around the world

Bedford District Scouts

A twenty-seven-year-old worldwide Christmas tradition from Austria is due to be repeated later this month. Here in the UK, Bedfordshire is one of the main hubs. The Bethlehem Peace Light, direct from Christ’s Grotto, will be bringing its annual glow of Christmas magic to communities all round the UK and the rest of the world. All of this is organised by Scouts in over fifty countries. All Scouts are Messengers of Peace in their own countries and across the world.

Since 1988 Austrian Scouts and Guides, called Pathfinders in their home country, have collected the annual Peace Light from Christ’s Grotto in Bethlehem to distribute to churches, children’s hospices, prisons, community centres and private homes all over their home country. It started a year earlier as a campaign by the Austrian State Broadcaster ORF to bring comfort and support for handicapped children and people in need and was backed…

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