(Romereports.com) The 46th International World Day of Peace will be celebrated on January 1 of 2013. To mark the occasion, the pope has chosen the theme “Blessed are the Peacemakers” for his annual message. In it, he will address the financial crisis, as well as problems in education and politics.
The pope will also encourage everyone to take responsibility when it comes to creating peace.
In his message, the pope will recognize the 50th Anniversary of the Second Vatican Council and the encyclical letter by Pope John XXIII, Pacem in Terris, the Vatican document that lays out the importance of human dignity and freedom. It was also the inspiration for the first World Day of Peace back in 1967.
This will be Benedict XVI’s eighth message for the World Day of Peace during his time as pope.