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Blessed are the peacemakers

Blessed are the peacemakers
April 11 marks 51 years since Pope John XXIII issued his Encyclical Letter to the world entitled Peace on Earth. It was a reasoned plea for peace, at a time when the Cuban missile crisis had recently threatened the peace of the whole world, and when the demands of peoples emerging from colonialism clashed with the established order.
Pope John stressed the importance of all people playing their part in stemming the arms race, and promoting equitable economic and social development throughout the world, but he also stressed that ‘the world will never be the dwelling place of peace, until peace has found a home in the heart of each and every man...’
Pope John also saw that peace within nations and between nations depended on societies meeting the requirements of truth, justice, willing cooperation, and freedom. Respect for human rights, and of the acceptance of the duties that accompany those rights, formed a key part of this program.
These principles hold good today. They are part of the hope that Easter promises, and they are a challenge to all who work for a better world.
On 27 April this year, a week after Easter Sunday, Pope John, and Pope John Paul II, will be formally recognised by the Catholic Church as Saints. That will be another opportunity to reflect on his call to us to be peacemakers.
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