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» 07/16/2012
VATICAN
"Blessed are the peacemakers," says pope in his message for next Peace Day
Papal message highlights fundamental rights (freedom of conscience, freedom of expression and freedom of religion) that are threatened by nihilism. The "crisis of democracy" is the consequence of the ongoing economic and political crises. The Second Vatican Council and John XXIII's Pacem in Terris are remembered.

Vatican City (AsiaNews) - Pope Benedict XVI chose "Blessed are the peacemakers" as the theme for the next World Day of Peace set for 1 January 2013.

In making the announcement, the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace said that the Message will try to develop the concept of peace focusing on inner and outer peace, "highlighting the anthropological emergency and the nature and incidence of nihilism," as well as "fundamental rights, in the first place freedom of conscience, freedom of expression and freedom of religion."

The Message will also address the "worrying crisis of democracy" that is spreading as a result of the crisis of political institutions and the educational emergency that accompanies the current economic crisis.

"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."


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See also
12/11/2008 VATICAN – PEACE 2009
Global solidarity to fight poverty and build peace, says Pope
01/01/2007 VATICAN – PEACE 2007
Gift and commitment to peace also for Bethlehem and the Holy Land, says Pope
01/01/2006 VATICAN – WORLD PEACE DAY 2006
Pope tells UN and governments that the world needs to switch on its courage to build peace
07/13/2010 VATICAN
Pope: Religious Freedom The Path to Peace
12/13/2005 VATICAN – WORLD DAY OF PEACE 2006
Let the truth of peace defeat the lies of violence, says Pope

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