Pope Francis’ message for World Day of Peace – January 1st
Pope Francis’ message to world leaders for the World Day of Peace, observed 1 January, calls for an ‘active nonviolence’.
In the message entitled ‘Nonviolence: a Style of Politics for Peace’, the Pope calls to political and religious leaders, heads of international organizations, and business and media executives to
“apply the Beatitudes in the exercise of their respective responsibilities. It is a challenge to build up society, communities and businesses by acting as peacemakers. It is to show mercy by refusing to discard people, harm the environment, or seek to win at any cost. … To act in this way means to choose solidarity as a way of making history and building friendship in society. Active nonviolence is a way of showing that unity is truly more powerful and more fruitful than conflict.”
2017 marks the 50th anniversary of the Catholic Church’s World Day of Peace. Inspired by both St. Pope John XXIII’s encyclical Pacem in terris and his own encyclical Populorum progressio, Pope Paul VI introduced the commemoration of the World Day of Peace in 1967; it is now celebrated every year on the first day of January.
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