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Do not be afraid of Christ's light! His light is the splendor of the truth.
Let yourselves be enveloped by his love, and you will find the way of peace.

Solemnity of the Epiphany
6 January 2007


Peace is, in the first place, a gift of God; hence its strength is found in prayer.

Regina Caeli
Cassino, Italy
24 May 2009


The precondition for peace is the dismantling of the dictatorship of relativism and of the supposition of a completely autonomous morality which precludes acknowledgment of the ineluctable natural moral law inscribed by God upon the conscience of every man and woman.
Peace is the building up of coexistence in rational and moral terms, based on a foundation whose measure is not created by man, but rather by God. As Psalm 29 puts it: “May the Lord give strength to his people; may the Lord bless his people with peace”.

World Day of Peace
1 January 2013


The “peace” that Jesus gives to his friends is the fruit of the love of God which led him to die on the cross, to pour out all his blood, as a meek and humble lamb “full of grace and truth” (Jn 1:14).

Regina Caeli
St Peter's Square
15 April 2012


The heart is the place in which the Lord makes himself close to us. This is why religion, which is focused on the encounter of the human being with the divine mystery, is essentially linked to the question of peace. If religion fails to bring about the encounter with God, if it brings God down to our level instead of raising us up to him, if in a certain sense it makes him our property, then in that way it can contribute to the disintegration of peace. If instead it leads to the divine, to the Creator and Redeemer of all human beings, then it becomes a force for peace.

Letter for Meeting
San Egidio Community
Munich, Germany
13 September 2011


We know well that peace is first and foremost God’s gift to be implored insistently in prayer...but let us also remember that it is a commitment for all people of good will. May no one shirk his duty.

Angelus Address
Castel Gandolfo
6 August 2006


Here is the foundation of our peace: the certainty of contemplating in Jesus Christ the splendor of the face of God the Father, of being sons and daughters in the Son, and thus of having, on life’s journey, the same security that a child feels in the arms of a loving and all-powerful Father.

General Audience
Paul VI Hall
Vatican City
16 January 2013


The more we open ourselves to God...the more He renders us able, through His presence, to live every moment in life in the peace and certainty of His loyalty and His love. However, this means leaving behind ourselves, and our own plans, so that the Word of God might be the guiding light for our thoughts and actions.

General Audience
Paul VI Hall
19 December 2012


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