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Peace requires humble strength, says Pope Francis

Categories: Articles:Peacemaking | Published: 07/01/2014 | Views: 1718
In remarks made after a Mass to mark World Peace Day, marked by Catholics at the beginning of the New Year, Pope Francis said that peace is rooted in the strength of humility. "Peace requires the force of meekness, the non-violent strength of truth and of love," he stressed, congratulating a range of church-related agencies, including Pax Christi.

Christian hope has Christ at the centre with the Holy Spirit as a force that moves towards the goal of the Kingdom of God, Pope Francis said in his Angelus address on the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God.  Addressing a packed St. Peter’s Square, the Holy Father said the hope for a New Year full of "peace and every good" is not about "magic and somewhat fatalistic” connotations. Rather it is about Christian hope whose centre is “Jesus Christ, incarnate, dead and risen.” It also has a goal, the Pope said, “the Kingdom of God, kingdom peace, justice, freedom, love.”

The Holy Spirit, he added, is the “power of love that has fertilized the womb of the Virgin Mary, and is the same that animates the projects and efforts of all the peacemakers.”

Speaking 47th World Day of Peace and this year's theme, chosen by Francis and published last month, is "Fraternity; Foundation and Path to Peace."

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