A Message of His Holiness Pope John Paul II for the Celebration of the World Day of Peace
January 1, 2000
In his message for the celebration of the World Day of Peace at the turn of the millennium, Pope John Paul II calls for human unity while speaking out against war and crimes against humanity. He condemns the cycle of violence and injustice that perpetuates war and stresses the importance of mediation, diplomacy, and respect for international law. His message also highlights the need to rethink development from a holistic perspective, calling for international cooperation rooted in solidarity and universal moral values. He concludes with a reminder that peace is being forged every day by actors ranging from devoted parents to international organizations.