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World Day of Peace

"The world must be educated to love Peace, to build it up and defend it."
- Pope Paul VI, 1968

January 1 is the World Day of Peace!


Resources for 2014 World Day of Peace:

The Vatican has announced the theme and title for the annual World Day of Peace message that Pope Francis will release on January 1: “Fraternity, the Foundation and Pathway to Peace.”

In his 2014 Message for the World Day of Peace (January 1), Pope Francis urges us to open our hearts in a new way to our brothers and sisters affected by poverty, hunger, conflicts, migrations, inequalities, pollution, underdevelopment, and injustice. When we break free from indifference and see ourselves and members of one human family, we can truly "encounter" one another and build peace.

Check out this two-page handout for reflections on ways you are called to "encounter" others as a peacemaker!

Papal Statements Marking the World Day of Peace

Prayers for Peace

Visit the Prayers for Peace page for prayers from many sources.







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