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Pope announces next World Day of Peace: “Non-Violence: A Style of Politics for Peace”

August 26, 2016. This is the theme Pope Francis has chosen for the next World Day of Peace, to be celebrated on January 1, 2017. Pope Francis has talked about the worrisome surge of violence that has taken over the world. On his trip to Poland in July he said the world is in a "piecemeal World War." That is why he wishes that this 50th World Day of Peace, the fourth of his pontificate, be a beacon of diplomacy and good will. The Pope wants to underline the prevalence of law in international affairs as a way to ensure a peaceful future. The World Day of Peace is a project started by Paul VI in 1968. It is celebrated the first day of every year, and it is usually an occasion where the pope makes important statements about the Social Doctrine of the Church.

Pope Francis: "On this trip, I found the answer of a world that is at war"

2016-08-03

The general audience has returned after the July break, but this time it was not in St. Peter's Square, but in the Paul VI Audience Hall, due to the intense heat in Rome. It was extremely packed, yet, the pilgrims excitedly received the Pope.

Pope Francis summarized his recent trip to Poland and shared what he learned. He spoke of the evidence of 'fraternity' amongst young people around the world at WYD and said that on this trip he has found "the answer of a world that is at war."

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"They have given an answer to the challenge of today. They have given a sign of hope and this sign is called 'fraternity.' Because in this world at war, brotherhood is needed, closeness is needed,  dialogue is needed, friendship is needed. This is the sign of hope: When there is fraternity."

He praised the efforts of both the volunteers and attendees at WYD, so that different countries were able to find ways to understand each other.

He recalled his prayer at the Shrine of Our Lady of Czestochowa, patroness of Poland, and explained that there he realized where the Poles' strong faith comes from. He sent them this message.

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"Poland, with its rich cultural and spiritual heritage, today reminds us that Europe has no future apart from its founding values, centered on the Christian vision of man."

He also touched on his silence at Auschwitz, where he prayed for all the people who lost their lives there.

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"In that silence, I pondered all that happened there, remembered the victims, and sensed the mercy of God that made itself felt even in that abyss of evil."

He said this visit allowed him to understand the value of remembering, not as a simple memory, but as a warning so that hatred and violence are not repeated.

The Pope also remembered Susana, a young Roman who died of meningitis while returning from Krakow after WYD.


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