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World Day of Peace

1 January @ 8:00 am 5:00 pm AEDT

Pope Paul VI instituted the World Day of Peace in 1968. It is celebrated each year on 1 January and the Pope issues a special World Day of Peace Message for the occasion.

The theme for the World Day of Peace Message 2022 is Dialogue Between Generations, Education and Work: Tools for Building Lasting Peace.

Pope Francis begins by reflecting on the messenger of Peace and how peace makes the world beautiful. This is in contrast to the cry of the earth and the cry of the poor which has intensified after the pandemic, the intensifying effects of climate change, economic exclusions and hunger and thirst increasing.

In the Message Pope Francis provides three key tools for responding to these cries and building a lasting peace: dialogue between the generations, education and teaching to build a flourishing civil society and work which realises human dignity.

The full text of the Message is available here.  Download our Discussion Guide here.