Justice and Peace Issues
Jan. 1 ~ World Day of Peace
“There can be no peace without a culture of care,” Pope Francis stresses in his message for the 54th World Day of Peace. He offers the Church’s social doctrine as a “compass” to foster a culture of care for peace in the world. He appeals to the international community and every individual to foster a “culture of care” by advancing on the “path of fraternity, justice and peace between individuals, communities, peoples and nations.”
Established by Pope St. Paul VI in 1967, the first World Day of Peace was observed on 1 January 1968. On New Year’s Day, the Church also celebrates the solemn feast of Mary, Mother of God. Visit the Vatican website to read Pope Francis’ complete message.