Pope Francis recalls 60th anniversary of ‘Pacem in Terris’ encyclical

Pope Francis recalls the 60th anniversary of “Pacem in Terris”, Pope John XXIII’s encyclical address to the church and the world.

During the Weekly General Audience according to Vatican News, Pope Francis recalled the 1963 global circular letter from the former Catholic head, Pope St. John XXIII. An encyclical committed to peace in the universe.

The pontiff made known the encyclical subtitled “On establishing universal peace in truth, justice, charity, and Liberty” was written during the Cold War which lasted from 1962 to 1979. He disclosed John XXIII only did not speak about peace but also stated ways to build peace among individuals.

He expressed also the letter’s value to society. “His encyclical was a true blessing for humanity, like a ray of light in the midst of dark clouds.” “His message remains relevant today”. Pope said.

Speaking to the pilgrims gathered for the Wednesday General Audience, the Holy Father beseeched for peace in the world. Reiterating his appeal for peace, he quoted paragraph 114 of the encyclical. “Relations between states, as between individuals, must be regulated not by armed force, but in accordance with the principles of right reason: the principle, that is, of truth, justice and vigorous and sincere co-operation.”

Vatican reports also pope urged everyone to read the encyclical. He went on to advise political leaders to make reference to it when making decisions.

Pope Francis further extended his appeal to Twitter where he shared the encyclical link and equally urged everyone to employ it.

“60 years ago, Saint John XXIII addressed the Encyclical “Pacem in Terris” to the Church and to the world. I invite everyone to read it because it is more timely than ever,” He wrote. Further appealing that “the heads of nations might allow it to inspire projects and decisions.”

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