‘God Cares About Mankind!

Pope in Peace Message: ‘God Cares About Mankind! God Does Not Abandon Us!’ (896)

Francis’ message for the 2016 World Day of Peace was published Dec. 15. It focused on mercy, abolition of the death penalty, an end to indifference and respect for the sacredness of life.

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– Daniel Ibanez/CNA

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis’ message for 2016’s World Day of Peace is packed with bold pastoral and practical advice for both the Church as well as international leaders.

In it, he focused on the need to work for peace by overcoming the attitude of indifference and fostering a greater sense of solidarity, mercy and compassion.

He advocated for concrete acts of mercy on the part of families, individuals and political leaders, such as the abolition of the death penalty and amnesty for prisoners convicted of political offenses.

Also encouraged by the Pope was a review of legislation in terms of migrants, a greater attention toward women, particularly in terms of equality in the workplace, and debt forgiveness.

“God is not indifferent! God cares about mankind! God does not abandon us!” is the opening line of Francis’ message for the 2016 World Day of Peace, published Dec. 15.

Instituted by Blessed Pope Paul VI in 1968, the World Day of Peace is celebrated each year on the first day of January.

The Pope gives a special message for the occasion, which is sent to all foreign ministers around the world and which also indicates the Holy See’s diplomatic tone during the coming year.

Titled “Overcome Indifference and Win Peace,” the Pope’s message for 2016 is a reiteration of what he has frequently advocated for since the beginning of his pontificate: taking one’s eyes off oneself and focusing on the needs of others.


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