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From within families, the joy of love spills out into the world and radiates to the whole of society: Pope Francis
In his message for the 50th World Day of Peace (December 12), published on official website, Pope Francis the stated that at the time of multiple current conflicts akin to 'a horrifying world war fought piecemeal', the Christian response must be one of active nonviolence which has roots in a strong family life. "To be true followers of Jesus today also includes embracing his teaching about nonviolence," he stated.

Mentioning about recent blast outside a Coptic Orthodox cathedral in Cairo and two bombings near a soccer stadium in Istanbul in which many people were killed, he said, "Active nonviolence is a way of showing that unity is truly more powerful and more fruitful than conflict."

Citing example of St Teresa of Calcutta, who had said that that we didn't needed bombs and guns to bring peace but rather to love one another, he stated, "She bowed down before those who were spent, left to die on the side of the road, seeing in them their God-given dignity; she made her voice heard before the powers of this world, so that they might recognize their guilt for the crimes – the crimes! – of poverty they created."

He held out that the family was the indispensable crucible to learn to communicate and to show generous concern for one another for the good of the other, mercy and forgiveness.

"From within families, the joy of love spills out into the world and radiates to the whole of society," he opined while stressing the need for abandoning the logic of fear, violence and closed-mindedness. The family should be based on the sense of responsibility, respect and sincere dialogue.

He ended the message saying that 'beatitudes' should work a 'portrait' and 'program' for both political and religious leaders in exercising their responsibility.

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