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Vatican: 2013 World Peace Day to reflect on economic crisis

Benedict chooses 'blessed are the peacemakers' as theme

Vatican: 2013 World Peace Day to reflect on economic crisis

(ANSA) - Vatican City, July 16 - Maintaining peace in a time of economic crisis will be one of the issues World Peace Day will address on New Year's Day 2013, the Vatican said on Monday. The Holy See said Benedict XVI had chosen 'blessed are the peacemakers' to be the theme for his message for the next Peace Day. "The annual message of the pope, in the complexity of the present time, will encourage everyone to take responsibility with regard to peacebuilding," read a Vatican statement. "The message will embrace, therefore, the fullness and diversity of the concept of peace, starting from the human being: inner peace and outer peace; then, highlighting the anthropological emergency, the nature and incidence of nihilism; and, at the same time, fundamental rights, in the first place freedom of conscience, freedom of expression, freedom of religion. "The message will offer, as well, an ethical reflection on some measures the world is going to take to contain the financial and economic crisis, the educational crisis, the crisis of the institutions and politics, which is also - in many cases - a worrying crisis of democracy".

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