Sunday, 14 September 2014 19:16

VATICAN: Pope Announces Theme of Next World Day of Peace

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Pope Francis has announced the theme for the 48th World Day of Peace. The theme of the January 01, 2015 event will be “Slaves no more, but brothers and sisters,” the second of the papacy of Pope Francis.

According to Zenit, the Pope said many people think that slavery is a thing of the past yet it is a social plague that remains all too real in today’s world.

Last year’s message, “Fraternity, the Foundation and Pathway to Peace” was dedicated to brotherhood, which was interpreted to mean being children of God gives all human beings equal dignity as brothers and sisters.

According to the Pope, slavery gives a murderous blow to this fundamental fraternity, and so to peace as well. “Peace can only exist when each human being recognizes every other person as a brother or sister with the same dignity,” said the pontiff.

The Pope gave examples of  abominable forms of slavery that  persist in today’s world citing human trafficking, trade in migrants and prostitutes, exploitation, slave labour, and the enslavement of women and children among others.

He condemned individuals and groups around the world who profit from slavery by taking advantage of the world’s many conflicts, economic crisis and corruption to carry out their evil.

Pope Francis further added that their purpose as the church was to build a civilization based on the equal dignity of every person without discrimination and to achieve this, they require the commitment of the media, of education and of culture to a renewed society pledged to freedom, justice and therefore peace.

The World Day of Peace, initiated by Pope Paul VI, is celebrated each year on the first day of January. The Holy Father’s Message is sent to all the world’s Foreign Ministers and also indicates the Holy See’s diplomatic line during the coming year.

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