DAILY CATHOLIC     TUESDAY     June 22, 1999     vol. 10, no. 120

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Pope Publishes Theme of World Day of Peace of 2000

          VATICAN CITY, JUN 21 (ZENIT).- This morning John Paul II published the theme he chose for the coming World Day of Peace, to be held on January 1, 2000: "Peace on Earth to Those on Whom God's Favor Rests."

          According to a note published by the Holy See's Press Office, with this message "the Pope wishes peace to everyone and invites all to contribute effectively to the construction of peace from the first days of the Great Jubilee of the year 2000."

    Peace and Jubilee

          "The last months of the second millennium are characterized by tragic and bloody conflicts in different parts of the world where the victims are in the great majority innocent civilians or brother nations. The Great Jubilee must become a time of intense prayer and renewed commitment to overcome war as an instrument for resolving differences,"continued the press release.

          According to the document, the last World Day for Peace of the millennium is an attempt to emphasize that "arms are inadequate to construct peace. Every day it is more urgent to find means to do away with conflicts and guarantee peaceful relations among peoples."

    Peace in a Globalized World

          The Vatican text explains that "the great challenge of peace comes today in the context of a world that is living, on one hand, a process of globalization and, on the other, a paradoxical generalized fragmentation leading to social instability and insecurity. It is not sufficient to silence arms in order to have peace. Peace embraces all aspects of social life: development, the economy, human rights, the preservation of creation. To meet the modern challenges, new programs of peace and structures that are adapted to the new world configuration are necessary."

          Finally, the note clarifies that "without the elimination of misery and the integral development of all nations, peace will always be fragile. In fact, peace is founded on the human person, gifted with inalienable dignity, called to live with others in a society open to peaceful coexistence in diversity." ZE99062104

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June 22, 1999       volume 10, no. 120


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