PACEM IN TERRIS: Pope Francis’ address on the 50th anniversary of Pacem in Terris


The following address was delivered by Pope Francis in October at a three-day conference hosted by the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace on the 5oth anniversary of Pope John XXIII’s landmark encyclical ‘Pacem in terris’. 

pacemweb-newsI share with you today the commemoration of the historic encyclical Pacem in Terris, promulgated by Blessed John XXIII on April 11, 1963. Providence has willed that this meeting take place in fact shortly after the announcement of his canonization. I greet everyone, in particular Cardinal Turkson, thanking him for the words he addressed to me also in your name.

The oldest among us remember well the time of the encyclical Pacem in Terris. It was the height of the so-called “Cold War.” At the end of 1962, humanity was on the brink of a global atomic conflict, and the Pope raised a dramatic and heartbroken appeal for peace, addressing in this way all…

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