“Religious Freedom, the Path to Peace” – 2011 World Day of Peace Message
January 1 is the World Day of Peace! The Holy Fathers message for this day weaves together concerns for peace, poverty and care for creation
Eternal God, who created the universe and whose presence hovers over all the world, you promised that our ancestors would dwell in a land of peace and prosperity. Through the prophets you announced that all nations would find their way to Mount Zion and stream to Jerusalem, David’s city of peace.
Hear our prayers as the year begins. Grant peace to your people who honor your name, and prosperity to the nations that observe your law. May we tend with care the land you have given us, protect the waters that make fertile the and guard the air that is the breath of life.
May all creation rejoice in your provident love, and be filled with the peace that comes from you.