- Jan 16, 2021
The crisis facing many countries due to the COVID-19 pandemic requires a united global response that shuns nationalistic interests and creates long-lasting solutions, said Archbishop Gabriele Caccia, the Vatican’s permanent observer to the United Nations.
Social friendship and fraternity are much needed in today’s world, where the prominence of ideologies and increasingly heated passions continue to churn the gears of war, Pope Francis said.
As Pope Francis headed to Assisi today for an interfaith prayer for peace, he said, “Today the world will have its center at Assisi, for a day of prayer, penitence and crying, because the world is at war … God the father of all, Christians and not, wants peace. There’s no god of war, this is done by the devil.”
For his annual message for the World Day of Peace, which on Jan. 1 will mark its 50th anniversary, Pope Francis has chosen non-violence as the only effective response to what he’s repeatedly described as a “Third World War in Pieces.”