The Church Speaks
The Church Speaks
Pope’s Peace Day message: Tools for Building Lasting Peace:
Dialogue Between Generations, Education and Work
Everyone has a creative role to play in building peace
By Linda Bordoni, Vatican News (edited)
In his annual message for the Catholic Church’s World Day of Peace, Pope Francis is calling on all men and women of goodwill, on government leaders, and on decision-makers to walk together with courage and creativity on the path of intergenerational dialogue, education and work.
Introducing his message, the Pope notes that the path of peace continues to remain “sadly distant from the real lives of many men and women.”
Citing the intensification of wars and conflicts, climate change and environmental degradation, an individualistic economic model and the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic, “the cry of the poor and the cry of the earth,” he says, “constantly make themselves heard, pleading for justice and peace.”
But, he points out, “in every age peace is both a gift from on high and the fruit of a shared commitment”, and he singles out three paths for building lasting peace.
1. Dialogue between generations
2. Education: a factor of freedom, responsibility, development
3. Work: a means for the full realization of human dignity
The first path is “dialogue between generations as the basis for the realization of shared projects,” is especially crucial, the Pope said, in a world still gripped by the pandemic that has driven so many to take refuge in their own little world or react to it with destructive violence.
The second path highlighted by Pope Francis in the pursuit of peace is education: a primary means of promoting integral human development. It makes individuals freer and more responsible, he says, and is essential for the defence and promotion of peace.
The third path offered by Pope Francis is one that rests on the belief that work is an indispensable factor in building and keeping peace. Pointing to the devastating effects the Covid-19 pandemic has had on the world of work, causing economic and productive activities to fail and unemployment to soar, the Pope says work, workers, and their rights are the foundation on which to build justice and solidarity in every community
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