In a Communiqé released on Saturday, the Dicastery stated that the 55th World Day of Peace, to be held on January 1, 2022, will be entitled “Education, work and dialogue between generations: tools for building lasting peace”.
In its communiqué the Dicastery writes that “Pope Francis thus identifies three vast contexts today in full mutation, to propose an innovative reading that responds to the needs of current and future times, inviting everyone ‘to read the signs of the times with the eyes of faith’, so that the direction of this change awakens new and old questions with which it is right and necessary to be confronted”.
From the three identified contexts, the communiqué adds, the following questions arise:
Does work in the world respond, more or less, to the vital need of humans for justice and freedom?
Are the generations truly in solidarity with each other?
Do they believe in the future?
Do governments succeed in setting a horizon of peace in this context?
World Peace Day was established by Pope Paul VI in his December 1967 message and celebrated for the first time in January 1968.
Every year on January 1, the Holy Father marks the World Day of Peace with a special message inviting all people to reflect on the important work of building peace. This year’s message is the latest in a long tradition of messages for this day that began with St. Paul VI in 1967 and continued with St. John Paul II, Pope Benedict XVI, and Pope Francis. Read more about how to pray, learn, and act with this World Day of Peace handout.