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POPE FRANCIS' PRAYER INTENTION FOR APRIL 2023 - TO BUILD A CULTURE OF PEACE AND NON-VIOLENCE

Let us all resolve to strongly support non-violence. As the Pope says, “Living, speaking, and acting without violence is not surrendering, losing or giving up anything, but aspiring to everything.” This year marks the 60th anniversary of St. John XXIII's Encyclical Pacem in Terris, and Francis brings the message of this encyclical back to the forefront by reminding us that “Any war, any armed confrontation, always ends in defeat for all.”


In his April video, produced by the Pope's Worldwide Prayer Network, he makes a request at the end: “Let us make non-violence a guide for our actions, both in daily life and in international relations”. “Living, speaking, and acting without violence is not surrendering, losing or giving up anything, but aspiring to everything. As Saint John XXIII said 60 years ago in his Encyclical Pacem in Terris, war is madness. It’s beyond reason. Any war, any armed confrontation, always ends in defeat for all. Let us develop a culture of peace. Let us remember that, even in cases of self-defense, peace is the ultimate goal, and that a lasting peace can exist only without weapons. Let us make non-violence a guide for our actions, both in daily life and in international relations. And let us pray for a more widespread culture of non-violence, that will progress when countries and citizens alike resort less and less to the use of arms.”


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