Pope Benedict XVI. In his New Year's sermon, called on people not to give up hope for peace in the world. Man was created for peace, even if the world is still marked by hotbeds of tension, he said at a Mass in St. Peter's Basilica.
As causes for the discord in the world he criticized a growing inequality between rich and poor and selfish thinking. This is expressed in an "unbridled financial capitalism". Terrorism and crime also endanger peace, Pope says.
The Catholic Church celebrated the World Day of Peace on Tuesday. This year, it was held under the biblical motto "Blessed are the Peacemakers.". The World Day of Peace was established in 1967 by Pope Paul VI. (1963-1978) introduced.
Benedict XVI. He went on to say that no suffering in the world could deprive Christians of their hope for peace. Peace is a gift from God, but it also requires human commitment. It is a matter of living according to the will of God, in peace with oneself, one's neighbor and with creation.
In his message for this year's World Day of Peace, published in December, the Pope had warned against unbridled capitalism as a danger to world peace. At the same time, he emphasized that genuine peace is not possible without the protection of human life and marriage. He also opposed the legal equality of same-sex partnerships with marriages and euthanasia.
Cologne carol singers with the Pope
Carolers from the Archdiocese of Cologne played a leading role at the Pope's New Year's Mass: Three young people from Cologne, dressed in the traditional costumes of Kaspar, Melchior and Balthasar, brought Benedict XVI a message of thanksgiving. Bread and wine to the altar. The "Magi", aged eleven and twelve, were part of a group of 20 carol singers from the parish of St. St. Nicholas and St. Bartholomew in the district of Sulz, which traveled to Rome at the turn of the year.
According to the Archdiocese of Cologne, the young pilgrims were accompanied by the president of the children's missionary organization "Die Sternsinger", Prelate Klaus Kramer, as well as the Cologne diocesan president of the Federation of German Catholic Youth (BDKJ), Father Dirk Bingener.
BDKJ and the Kindermissionswerk in Aachen are also initiators of the Epiphany campaign around the 6th day of the month. January, the Feast of the Magi. It is considered the world's largest action by children for children. In the process, around 500 people die each year in Germany.000 children dressed as holy three kings in parishes from house to house.
They paint with chalk the blessing "Christus mansionem benedicat" (Christ bless this house) on the doors and at the same time collect donations for peers in developing countries. The action takes place in 2013 for the 55. Times instead of.