THEME OF WORLD DAY
OF PEACE 2006: "IN TRUTH IS PEACE"
VATICAN CITY, JUN 25, 2005 (VIS)
- "In Truth is Peace" is the theme of the Message of the
Holy Father Benedict XVI for the 39th World Day of
Peace, to be held on January 1, 2006.
A communique announcing the theme recalls how the
Pastoral Constitution "Gaudium et spes" affirms that
humanity "cannot accomplish its task of building for all
men everywhere a world more genuinely human unless each
person devotes himself to the cause of peace with
The communique goes on: "Peace is true because it
responds to a desire inscribed by the Creator in all
men's hearts. ... Human rights cry out to be enforced.
... When human activity does not respect the order of
things (that natural 'grammar' about which Pope John
Paul II spoke to the General Assembly of the United
Nations on October 5, 1995), when it restricts human
life and impedes its development, when it imposes
intolerable sacrifices on peoples, then peace does not
exist, because there is no respect for the truth of
The communique also highlights that "peace is the 'tranquillitas
ordinis,' in other words the situation that allows the
full extension of the truth of man. Man's thirst for
truth as the fullness of being is translated into a
desire for peace, for non-disorder, for true peace or
the truth of peace.
"Real truth," the communique concludes, "is also
peaceful. It reconciles, puts an end to isolation. The
truth illuminates, makes it possible to discern the path
of true human relationships, enables errors to be
corrected, it brings reconciliation with oneself and
with others, transparency in one's dealings and faith to