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At the General Audience the Holy Father recalls the 60th anniversary of Pope John xxiii’s Encyclical

May politicians draw inspiration from ‘Pacem in Terris’

 May politicians draw inspiration from ‘Pacem in Terris’  ING-015
14 April 2023

Today, the world is increasingly tried by wars and straying from God. We need the Mercy of the Father even more, Pope Francis told pilgrims gathered in Saint Peter’s Square for the weekly General Audience, on Wednesday, 12 April. He reminded the faithful of the upcoming celebration of Divine Mercy Sunday, on 16 April.

Pope Francis also recalled the 60th anniversary of Pope Saint John xxiii’s 1963 Encyclical Pacem in Terris, highlighting that the landmark Encyclical dedicated to peace was written at the height of tensions during the Cold War.

He encouraged everyone to read the Encyclical, and urged politicians to draw inspiration from it as they make policy decisions.

Finally, Pope Francis once again asked everyone to pray for Ukraine. “Let us persevere in prayer for battered Ukraine,” he said. “Let us pray to ease the great suffering of Ukraine”.

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