CCSM disseminates Pope Francis' message of the World Day of Peace

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CCSM disseminates Pope Francis' message of the World Day of Peace

By Fr.Rifat Bader

With the celebrations marking the start of the new year 2017, the Catholic Center for Studies and Media in Jordan (CCSM) has disseminated the Message of His Holiness Pope Francis marking the World Day of Peace, which is celebrated annually on January 1. The message is titled, "Nonviolence: A Style of Politics for Peace."

CCSM Director Fr. Rifat Bader said that this is the 50th anniversary of the World Day of Peace and the 4th papal message of Pope Francis, which reflects on the need to resort to nonviolence as a style of politics for peace and asks God to help all of us cultivate "nonviolence" to solve controversies at the personal, social and political levels. He reiterated that international controversies can be resolved by the ways of reason that is, by negotiations founded on law, justice, and equity.

His Holiness Pope Francis remarks on the fact that the world is engaged in a horrifying world war fought piecemeal: wars are raging in different countries and continents; terrorism, organized crime and unforeseen acts of violence; the abuses suffered by migrants and victims of human trafficking; and the devastation of the environment. The Pope asserts that violence is clearly not the cure for our broken world, for violence breeds violence; it furthermore breeds pain as well as physical and spiritual death to many humans.

Pope Francis quotes Mother Teresa, who received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1979 and was canonized in September 2106, as saying: "We in our family don’t need bombs and guns, to destroy in order to bring peace – just get together, love one another… And we will be able to overcome all the evil that is in the world.” He also quoted several renowned world leaders who succeeded to transcend the evil prevailing in the world by committing themselves to "the style of nonviolence".

The message says: "The Church has been involved in nonviolent peace-building strategies in many countries, engaging even the most violent parties in efforts to build a just and lasting peace. Such efforts on behalf of the victims of injustice and violence are not the legacy of the Catholic Church alone, but are typical of many religious traditions, for which “compassion and nonviolence are essential elements pointing to the way of life." " I emphatically reaffirm," the Pope says marking the start of the new year, that “no religion is terrorist”. Violence profanes the name of God. Let us never tire of repeating: “The name of God cannot be used to justify violence. Peace alone is holy. Peace alone is holy, not war!”

In the 50th papal Message for the World Day of Peace, Pope Francis pays great attention to the role played by families in making their members follow a style of nonviolence. The Pope says that "the family is the indispensable crucible in which spouses, parents and children, brothers and sisters, learn to communicate and to show generous concern for one another, and in which frictions and even conflicts have to be resolved not by force but by dialogue, respect, concern for the good of the other, mercy and forgiveness. From within families, the joy of love spills out into the world and radiates to the whole of society. An ethics of fraternity and peaceful coexistence between individuals and among peoples cannot be based on the logic of fear, violence and closed-mindedness.'' Fr. Bader said that, according to the message of Pope Francis for this year, "the politics of nonviolence has to begin in the home and then spread to the entire human family.''

The Pope also addresses political and religious leaders, the heads of international institutions, and business and media executives calling on them to exercise "nonviolence" in their respective responsibilities and to be a way of showing that unity is truly more powerful and more fruitful than conflict. There could be differences, but let us face them constructively and non-violently. Every such response, however modest, helps build a world free of violence, the first step towards justice and peace.

The CCSM concludes its dissemination of the Message of Peace which marks the new year 2017 by conveying good wishes to the Jordanian family, and states that "The Catholic Center for Studies and Media, marking the new year, has the pleasure to convey sincere wishes to His Majesty King Abdullah II Bin Al-Hussein, to Crown Prince Hussein Bin Abdullah, to the Hashemite family, and to the Jordanian family, that showed solidarity in weal and woe. Praying that the souls of the martyrs, who sacrificed their lives for our dear homeland, as well as the souls of the victims of violence and terrorism in the entire world will rest in peace, the Catholic Center for Studies and Media pleads with the Almighty God to have our homeland enjoy security, stability, peaceful coexistence and good citizenship, as well as restore peace and security to fraternal Arab and friendly countries of the world that are still suffering from conflagrations. We also plead with the Almighty God to provide the future generations with peaceful and reassuring days rather than violence and fear, displacement and bloodshed."

Happy New Year 2107

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