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World Day of Peace Message 2013: Blessed Are the Peacemakers

December 18th, 2012

“Blessed are the peacemakers” is Pope Benedict’s theme for the 46th World Day of Peace, 1 January 2013, according to a Vatican announcement.

The Vatican said in a statement that the message will embrace “the fullness and diversity of the concept of peace” including religious freedom and an ethical reflection on how the world is to handle crises affecting the economy, education, and democracy. The aim of the message, it said, is to “encourage everyone to take responsibility with regard to peacebuilding.”

“The Message will offer, as well, an ethical reflection on some measures the world is going to take to contain the financial and economic crisis, the educational crisis, the crisis of the institutions and politics, which is also – in many cases – a worrying crisis of democracy.”

“The Message will also look at the 50th Anniversary of the Second Vatican Council and of the encyclical letter by Pope John XXIII, Pacem in Terris, according to which the primacy is always for the human dignity and its freedom, for the building of an earthly city to the service of every person, without any discrimination, and directed to the common good which is based on justice and true peace.”

“Blessed are the peacemakers” will be the eighth Message of Pope Benedict XVI for the Celebration of the World Day of Peace. Following are the titles of the previous ones: “In Truth, Peace” (2006), “The Human Person, Heart of Peace” (2007), “The Human Family, a Community of Peace” (2008), “Fighting Poverty to Build peace” (2009), “If you want to cultivate peace, protect creation” (2010), “Religious Freedom, the path to peace” (2011), “Educating young people in justice and peace” (2012).”

 

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