Peace Light of Bethlehem passed on to prime minister
Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki received the Peace Light of Bethlehem from scouts of the Polish Scouting and Guiding Association (ZHP) at his office in Warsaw on Tuesday.
This year's light was being passed along under the slogan "The light that gives power," which is a reference to the words of Polish-born Pope John Paul II.
When receiving the light, the prime minister said that whenever scouts appear in his office, he knows that they carry peace and a good message.
He added that through the help that they bring to people, scouts show how the world can be changed for the better. "We need it, let this light brighten the lives of all Poles, may life in Poland be continually better," he added.
The Polish Scouting and Guiding Association (ZHP) has been organising the Peace Light of Bethlehem relay since 1991. Polish scouts traditionally receive the light from their Slovak peers.
The tradition of passing the Light of Bethlehem goes back to 1986. It was firstly initiated by Austrian scouts in 1987. The flame is lit at the Grotto of the Nativity in Bethlehem, which is the place where Jesus Christ is said to have been born. Polish scouts received the light for the first time in 1991.