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Pope on World day of Peace 2013: “Blessed are the Peacemakers”

Posted by on Jan. 1, 2013 at 6:57 PM
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 (Vatican Radio) The Catholic Church marks the World Day of Peace each January 1st. In his 2013 message for the day, entitled “Blessed are the Peacemakers,” Pope Benedict XVI says peace is possible in today’s world but everyone must work together as a family to achieve it.
The papal message was presented to journalists at a December press conference in the Vatican by the president, secretary and under-secretary of the Pontifical Justice and Peace Council. As Philippa Hitchen reports, the message looks at both the theological and practical foundations for promoting justice and peace in today’s world:


From defence of human life to food insecurity, from religious freedom to economic development. This message for World Peace Day on January 1st 2013 is a far reaching reflection on the need to establish right relationships between people and recognise that, in God, we are one human family’
Peace, Pope Benedict insists, is not a naïve, utopian dream, but rather it reflects the deepest longing of the human heart. While we must work hard to build a new world order based on truth, freedom, love and justice, as Pope John XXIII wrote in 'Pacem in Terris' half a century ago, we must also recognise that true peace is also a gift from God. Cardinal Peter Turkson, President of the Pontifical Justice and Peace Council:
"There are so many efforts, so many initiatives, to bring peace in the world, but establishing divine coordinates for peace invites us to consider that it's not just what we, with our human energies, can do.....
The message does spell out many practical concerns including a looming food crisis, the need for new models of development and financial practise based on people, not just profits, and the right to work as a fundamental good for individuals, families and societies.
There’s also a strong focus on defending the right to life, upholding traditional family values and the need for religious freedom - including conscientious objection to laws or practices which undermine the Church’s teaching and beliefs. Cardinal Turkson again:
"So I would encourage people to more away from the tendency to divide social doctrine or social engagement from faith, as if the two don't belong together - but what is faith if it is not the transformation of the here and now......
Pope Benedict concludes his message with a call for 'a pedagogy of peace' based on pardon and reconciliation. Quoting the prayer, often attributed to St Francis of Assisi, the Pope asks God to make us instrument of His peace, bringing love, mercy and peace wherever there is hatred, hurt or doubt.

Below please find the full text of Pope Benedict XVI’s Message for World Day of Peace 2013:


Blessed are the Peacemakers
1. EACH NEW YEAR brings the expectation of a better world. In light of this, I ask God, the Father of humanity, to grant us concord and peace, so that the aspirations of all for a happy and prosperous life may be achieved.
Fifty years after the beginning of the Second Vatican Council, which helped to strengthen the Church’s mission in the world, it is heartening to realize that Christians, as the People of God in fellowship with him and sojourning among mankind, are committed within history to sharing humanity’s joys and hopes, grief and anguish, as they proclaim the salvation of Christ and promote peace for all.
In effect, our times, marked by globalization with its positive and negative aspects, as well as the continuation of violent conflicts and threats of war, demand a new, shared commitment in pursuit of the common good and the development of all men, and of the whole man.
It is alarming to see hotbeds of tension and conflict caused by growing instances of inequality between rich and poor, by the prevalence of a selfish and individualistic mindset which also finds expression in an unregulated financial capitalism. In addition to the varied forms of terrorism and international crime, peace is also endangered by those forms of fundamentalism and fanaticism which distort the true nature of religion, which is called to foster fellowship and reconciliation among people.
All the same, the many different efforts at peacemaking which abound in our world testify to mankind’s innate vocation to peace. In every person the desire for peace is an essential aspiration which coincides in a certain way with the desire for a full, happy and successful human life. In other words, the desire for peace corresponds to a fundamental moral principle, namely, the duty and right to an integral social and communitarian development, which is part of God’s plan for mankind. Man is made for the peace which is God’s gift.
All of this led me to draw inspiration for this Message from the words of Jesus Christ: “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God” (Mt 5:9).....

 

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                                                             nativity


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VeronicaTex
by on Jan. 1, 2013 at 7:07 PM
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As a Roman Catholic who deeeply respects the Pope and the Magesterium in Rome, I always see an international assessment and hope in his messages, as I have noted in the messages of the late Blessed Pope John Paul II.

"Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God" comes from the Sermon on the Mount, given by Jesus Christ. 

This is certainly a timeless message for all times and a most timely message for today's world.

Veronica


Pema_Jampa
by 2HotTacoTini on Jan. 1, 2013 at 7:09 PM
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Pope Slams Capitalism, Inequality Between Rich And Poor In New Years Message

Reuters  |  By Philip PullellaPosted:   |  Updated: 01/01/2013 2:43 pm EST

The 85-year-old pope rang in the new year with a mass for about 10,000 people in St Peter's Basilica on the day the Roman Catholic Church marks its World Day of Peace with initiatives around the world.

He also spoke of peace after the mass, addressing tens of thousands of people who had followed the service from outside in St Peter's Square.

"A new year is like a trip. With the light and the grace of God, may it be the start of a path to peace for every person, every family, every country and for the entire world," he said from his window overlooking the square.

He thanked the world's peacemakers, saying they deserve praise for working, often behind the scenes, tirelessly, thanklessly and armed only "with the weapons of prayer and forgiveness".

Peace marchers carrying rainbow banners released blue balloons in a sunny but cold St Peter's Square as the pope spoke.

Earlier in his homily, the leader of the world's 1.2 billion Roman Catholics decried "hotbeds of tension and conflict caused by growing instances of inequality between rich and poor".

He also denounced "the prevalence of a selfish and individualistic mindset which also finds expression in an unregulated capitalism, various forms of terrorism and criminality".

Benedict said he was convinced of "humanity's innate vocation to peace" despite many problems and setbacks. A personal relationship with God can help all believers deal with what he called the "darkness and anguish" that sometimes defines human existence.

"This is the inner peace that we want in the midst of events in history that are sometimes tumultuous and confused, events that sometimes leave us shaken," he said.

In his full message for the peace day, the pope called for a new economic model and ethical regulations for markets, saying the global financial crisis was proof that capitalism does not protect society's weakest members.

He also warned that food insecurity was a threat to peace in some parts of the world and strongly reaffirmed the Church's opposition to gay marriage. Heterosexual marriage had an indispensable role in society, he said.

Thousands of people took part in a peace march to the Vatican led by the Catholic peace and charity group, the Sant' Egidio Community, which negotiated the end of the civil war in Mozambique in 1992.

Other peace marches took place in Italian cities, and Catholic dioceses around the world held their own events.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/01/01/pope-slams-capitalism-ine_n_2392653.html

imamomzilla
by on Jan. 1, 2013 at 7:10 PM
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 Amen. :-)

Quoting VeronicaTex:

As a Roman Catholic who deeeply respects the Pope and the Magesterium in Rome, I always see an international assessment and hope in his messages, as I have noted in the messages of the late Blessed Pope John Paul II.

"Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God" comes from the Sermon on the Mount, given by Jesus Christ. 

This is certainly a timeless message for all times and a most timely message for today's world.

Veronica

 

                                                             nativity


VeronicaTex
by on Jan. 1, 2013 at 7:26 PM
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I addressed you concerning this topic in the other post, Pema.

If memory serves me right you are a Buddhist, a former Roman Catholic.

This is mud-slinging-NOT debate.

Veronica

Quoting Pema_Jampa:

Pope Slams Capitalism, Inequality Between Rich And Poor In New Years Message

Reuters  |  By Philip PullellaPosted:   |  Updated: 01/01/2013 2:43 pm EST

The 85-year-old pope rang in the new year with a mass for about 10,000 people in St Peter's Basilica on the day the Roman Catholic Church marks its World Day of Peace with initiatives around the world.

He also spoke of peace after the mass, addressing tens of thousands of people who had followed the service from outside in St Peter's Square.

"A new year is like a trip. With the light and the grace of God, may it be the start of a path to peace for every person, every family, every country and for the entire world," he said from his window overlooking the square.

He thanked the world's peacemakers, saying they deserve praise for working, often behind the scenes, tirelessly, thanklessly and armed only "with the weapons of prayer and forgiveness".

Peace marchers carrying rainbow banners released blue balloons in a sunny but cold St Peter's Square as the pope spoke.

Earlier in his homily, the leader of the world's 1.2 billion Roman Catholics decried "hotbeds of tension and conflict caused by growing instances of inequality between rich and poor".

He also denounced "the prevalence of a selfish and individualistic mindset which also finds expression in an unregulated capitalism, various forms of terrorism and criminality".

Benedict said he was convinced of "humanity's innate vocation to peace" despite many problems and setbacks. A personal relationship with God can help all believers deal with what he called the "darkness and anguish" that sometimes defines human existence.

"This is the inner peace that we want in the midst of events in history that are sometimes tumultuous and confused, events that sometimes leave us shaken," he said.

In his full message for the peace day, the pope called for a new economic model and ethical regulations for markets, saying the global financial crisis was proof that capitalism does not protect society's weakest members.

He also warned that food insecurity was a threat to peace in some parts of the world and strongly reaffirmed the Church's opposition to gay marriage. Heterosexual marriage had an indispensable role in society, he said.

Thousands of people took part in a peace march to the Vatican led by the Catholic peace and charity group, the Sant' Egidio Community, which negotiated the end of the civil war in Mozambique in 1992.

Other peace marches took place in Italian cities, and Catholic dioceses around the world held their own events.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/01/01/pope-slams-capitalism-ine_n_2392653.html


shannonnigans
by Silver Member on Jan. 1, 2013 at 7:31 PM
It was the same speech where he slammed capitalism, correct?
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shannonnigans
by Silver Member on Jan. 1, 2013 at 7:32 PM
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I guess blessed are not the venture capitalists! Wow, the Pope and I are in agreement.
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blondekosmic15
by Blonde on Jan. 2, 2013 at 2:03 PM
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Quoting VeronicaTex:

I addressed you concerning this topic in the other post, Pema.

If memory serves me right you are a Buddhist, a former Roman Catholic.

This is mud-slinging-NOT debate.

Veronica

Remember Veronica, words of wisdom. To those who believe, no explanation is necessary. To those who do not believe, no explanation will be sufficient. She derives her news from the secular environment, not from those who embrace the teachings of the Holy Spirit...the Spirit of Truth~

Quoting Pema_Jampa:

Pope Slams Capitalism, Inequality Between Rich And Poor In New Years Message

Reuters  |  By Philip PullellaPosted:   |  Updated: 01/01/2013 2:43 pm EST

The 85-year-old pope rang in the new year with a mass for about 10,000 people in St Peter's Basilica on the day the Roman Catholic Church marks its World Day of Peace with initiatives around the world.

He also spoke of peace after the mass, addressing tens of thousands of people who had followed the service from outside in St Peter's Square.

"A new year is like a trip. With the light and the grace of God, may it be the start of a path to peace for every person, every family, every country and for the entire world," he said from his window overlooking the square.

He thanked the world's peacemakers, saying they deserve praise for working, often behind the scenes, tirelessly, thanklessly and armed only "with the weapons of prayer and forgiveness".

Peace marchers carrying rainbow banners released blue balloons in a sunny but cold St Peter's Square as the pope spoke.

Earlier in his homily, the leader of the world's 1.2 billion Roman Catholics decried "hotbeds of tension and conflict caused by growing instances of inequality between rich and poor".

He also denounced "the prevalence of a selfish and individualistic mindset which also finds expression in an unregulated capitalism, various forms of terrorism and criminality".

Benedict said he was convinced of "humanity's innate vocation to peace" despite many problems and setbacks. A personal relationship with God can help all believers deal with what he called the "darkness and anguish" that sometimes defines human existence.

"This is the inner peace that we want in the midst of events in history that are sometimes tumultuous and confused, events that sometimes leave us shaken," he said.

In his full message for the peace day, the pope called for a new economic model and ethical regulations for markets, saying the global financial crisis was proof that capitalism does not protect society's weakest members.

He also warned that food insecurity was a threat to peace in some parts of the world and strongly reaffirmed the Church's opposition to gay marriage. Heterosexual marriage had an indispensable role in society, he said.

Thousands of people took part in a peace march to the Vatican led by the Catholic peace and charity group, the Sant' Egidio Community, which negotiated the end of the civil war in Mozambique in 1992.

Other peace marches took place in Italian cities, and Catholic dioceses around the world held their own events.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/01/01/pope-slams-capitalism-ine_n_2392653.html


 

blondekosmic15
by Blonde on Jan. 2, 2013 at 2:05 PM
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Quoting shannonnigans:

I guess blessed are not the venture capitalists! Wow, the Pope and I are in agreement.

Your comments are immature and continually reflect a lack of understanding of the Church & Christianity.

blondekosmic15
by Blonde on Jan. 2, 2013 at 2:07 PM
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 thank you for posting momzilla smile mini

Pema_Jampa
by 2HotTacoTini on Jan. 2, 2013 at 2:12 PM
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Why do you need to speak about what I personally believe or not believe like you know me personally? Why not stick to the topic at hand? Thanks

Quoting blondekosmic15:


Remember Veronica, words of wisdom. To those who believe, no explanation is necessary. To those who do not believe, no explanation will be sufficient. She derives her news from the secular environment, not from those who embrace the teachings of the Holy Spirit...the Spirit of Truth~

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