Pope Picks Theme for Day of Peace

VATICAN CITY, JUNE 26, 2005 (Zenit.org).- “In Truth — Peace” is the theme chosen by Benedict XVI for the first World Day of Peace of his pontificate, to be observed Jan. 1.

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A statement issued Saturday by the Vatican press office explained that the Pope chose this theme because “truth enlightens, it allows one to discern the path of genuine human relationships, to correct errors, to be reconciled with oneself and with others, and to be transparent in negotiations and faithful to one’s word.”

The Vatican statement announced that the message will reflect further on the legacy of the Second Vatican Council’s pastoral constitution “Gaudium et Spes,” published 40 years ago this December.

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