Message of Pope Francis for the 50th World Day of Peace

 

1 January 2017

Pope Francis

Pope Francis has issued a challenging message to celebrate the 50th World Day of Peace entitled: “Nonviolence: a Style of Politics for Peace”.

The message continues developing a primary theme of the Holy Father’s pontificate, the Mercy of God:

‘Whoever accepts the Good News of Jesus is able to acknowledge the violence within and be healed by God’s mercy, becoming in turn an instrument of reconciliation. In the words of Saint Francis of Assisi: “As you announce peace with your mouth, make sure that you have greater peace in your hearts”’

The Holy Father argues that nonviolence is ‘More powerful than violence’:

‘Nonviolence is sometimes taken to mean surrender, lack of involvement and passivity,

“Just get together – love one another…” – Saint Mother Teresa. Image by © Nik Wheeler/Sygma/Corbis

but this is not the case. When Mother Teresa received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1979, she clearly stated her own message of active nonviolence: “We in our family don’t need bombs and guns, to destroy to bring peace – just get together, love one another… And we will be able to overcome all the evil that is in the world”

The full message of Pope Francis may be accessed here:

We wish you and all your loved ones a very safe and peaceful New Year, full of God’s Mercy and Kindness.

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