In his message for the 55th World Day of Peace on January 1, Pope Francis points to three paths for building a lasting peace dialogue between generations, education and work. Source: Vatican News.
Introducing this 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.
The first, “dialogue between generations as the basis for the realisation of shared projects” is especially crucial, the Pope says, 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.
Dialogue, the Holy Father notes, demands trust between the participants who need to listen to one another, share different views, reach agreement and walk together. This is especially important, he says, between generations: “between the keepers of memory – the elderly – and those who move history forward – the young.”
The second path chosen 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 spotlighted by Pope Francis is one that rests on the belief that work is an indispensable factor in building and keeping peace.
Intergenerational Dialogue, Education and Work at heart of Pope’s Peace Day message (By Linda Bordoni, Vatican News)