Pope Francis thanked participants in various initiatives for today’s World Day of Peace in remarks following the praying of the Angelus in St. Peter’s Square on January 2, 2018.
“I express my appreciation for the many initiatives of prayer and actions for peace, organized throughout the world, on the occasion of today’s World Day of Peace,” the Holy Father said. “I’m thinking, in particular, of the National March held yesterday evening at Sotto il Monte, promoted by CEI [Italian Episcopal Conference], Italian Caritas, Pax Christi and Catholic Action. And I greet the participants in the ‘Peace in All Lands’ manifestation, promoted in Rome and in many countries by Sant’Egidio Community. Dear friends, I encourage you to go forward joyfully in your commitment of solidarity, especially in the peripheries of cities, to foster peaceful coexistence”
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[Original text: Italian] [ZENIT’s translation by Virginia M. Forrester]