1st January 2019


“Politics must be at the service of peace”

The theme of Pope Francis’ Message for the 52nd World Day of Peace, marked for 1 January 2019, have been revealed in a note and a comment published by the Holy See Press Office. The Pope’s Message highlights the need for politics to be at the service of peace: “Political responsibility belongs to every citizen, and in particular to those who have been given the mandate to protect and govern.” There is no peace without mutual trust. And he points out that “this mission consists in safeguarding the law and encouraging dialogue between all actors of society, between generations, and between cultures.”

The first condition for trust, it says, is respect for the given word. It adds that “political commitment – which is one of the highest expressions of charity – implies concern for the future of life and of the planet, of the youngest and of the smallest, in their thirst for fulfillment.”

  • Parishes are to follow the Proper of the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God for the Eucharist and everybody is also urged to pray for world peace.
  • In all Masses, the collection is for the Pontifical Commission Justice and Peace.

Given at the Chancery Office on 18 December 2017.


Fr. Manuel Machado, MCCJ