The Message of Pope Francis for the World Day of Peace 2017 “Everyone can be an artisan of peace” guided the meeting of the English JPIC promoters in Rome. Andreas Göpfert, Mafr (Missionary of Africa)who has a background of studies in peace building and extensive experience in conducting workshops on nonviolence in parts of West Africa, was the presenter.
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The message of World Day of Peace has been released. You will be enriched by the message of Pope Francis.
“Nonviolence: A Style of Politics for Peace” for a copy of the message go to www.vatican.va messages 12.12. 2016 / in different languages
1. JANUARY 2017 International World Prayer Day of Peace
On November 16, 1995, the fiftieth anniversary of the 1945 signing of the UNESCO Constitution, the UNESCO Member States adopted a “Declaration of Principles on Tolerance”. Among other things, the Declaration affirms that tolerance is neither indulgence nor indifference. It is respect and appreciation of the rich variety of our world’s cultures, our forms of expression and ways of being human. Tolerance recognizes the universal human rights and fundamental freedoms of others. People are naturally diverse; only tolerance can ensure the survival of mixed communities in every region of the globe.
Prayer God, we have suffered conflict with those we perceived as different from us, we have seen our cultures touched by injustice and petty cruelties, we have built walls to separate ourselves from others we were afraid to face, we have pretended that problems are behind us and that we are already perfect. We are not. But, by your grace, we are reconciled to pressing on together to the fullness which lies ahead. So we bring together our races, languages, traditions, politics, and cultures. We are reconciled to the patience and persistence that make peace; to the transparency and fairness that make justice; to the forgiveness and restitution that build harmony; to the love and reconstruction which banish poverty and discrimination; to the experience of knowing one another that makes it possible to enjoy one another; to the spiritual strength of the one God who made us of one flesh and blood, and loves us; and to Jesus Christ, who binds many together in his body, and in whose name we pray. Amen
Adapted from a prayer by Archbishop Desmond Tutu (at the South Africa National Service of Thanksgiving, May 8 1994, printed in an African Prayer Book)
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