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 renewed vigor."

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 things."

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 one's word."

 

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