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Message from Pope Francis on the 51st World Day of Peace

January 4, 2018

On the occasion of World Peace Day — celebrated on Jan. 1 — Pope Francis made a plea to support migrants, men and women refugees in search of peace.

“In a spirit of compassion, let us embrace all those fleeing from war and hunger, or forced by discrimination, persecution, poverty and environmental degradation to leave their homelands,” he writes.

“We know that it is not enough to open our hearts to the suffering of others. Much more remains to be done before our brothers and sisters can once again live peacefully in a safe home.

“Welcoming others requires concrete commitment, a network of assistance and goodwill, vigilant and sympathetic attention, the responsible management of new and complex situations that at times compound numerous existing problems, to say nothing of resources, which are always limited.”

Read the full text of his message, here.