Francis in The Pope Video: “May the language of peace prevail over the language of conflict.”
The Holy Father Pope Francis invited the world to practice peace in the little things and in social dealings. He also insisted on the need to build peace in a way that includes young people and children. This was his message in the November 2018 edition of The Pope Video, a project of the Pope’s Worldwide Prayer Network.
(Vatican City, November 6, 2018) – In the November edition of The Pope Video, Francis invited the world to live peace starting in each person’s own heart, and to substitute violence with dialogue. He also underlined the importance of practicing this peace in our dealings with others.
“Let us pray together that the language of love and dialogue may always prevail over the language of conflict,” said the Pope. “We can speak with splendid words, but if there is no peace in our heart, there will be no peace in the world,” he underscored.
The Pontiff highlighted the value of knowing how to listen when communicating with others, and of adapting to different contexts, as Jesus did.
According to the UN, 90% of the civilian victims in armed conflicts are women and children, and its June 2018 report specifies that during 2017, 21,000 acts of grave violence against children were reported. The United Nations Agency for Refugees estimates that since 1948 there have been more than 52 million refugees and displaced persons due to armed conflicts.
“With zero violence and one hundred percent tenderness, let us build the evangelical peace that excludes no one,” said the Pope. “Let us pray together that the language of love and dialogue may always prevail over the language of conflict,” he added.