Vatican official: John XXIII canonization could aid peace

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The secretary of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace said the canonization of Blessed Pope John XXIII on April 27 next year will be an invitation to the entire world to commit more deeply to peace.

In an interview with CNA, Archbishop Mario Toso explained that the canonization “could help bring peace to the world by providing a model of commitment to peace.”

“I think that John XXIII could truly be a great model, a great testimony for peace, especially through his life, and also with his encyclical letter Pacem in Terris,” he said.

The Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace is celebrating the 50th anniversary of Pacem in Terris on Oct. 2-4, with a conference that will bring together more than 60 rectors and professors from major pontifical and Catholic universities around the world.

Pacem in Terris was published on Holy Thursday, April 11, 1963, only 53 days before Pope John XXIII died. It offered a profound reflection on the conditions necessary for achieving true peace in the world and invited all men and women of good will to consider the good of the entire human family and to work for security, justice and hope.

Commenting on the 50th anniversary of the encyclical, Pope Francis said its words “should be an incentive to commit ever more to promoting reconciliation and peace at all levels.”

On Sept. 30, Pope Francis announced that Blessed John Paul II and Blessed John XXIII would be canonized next year in a joint ceremony on the second Sunday of Easter, Divine Mercy Sunday.

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