December 23, 2013
In his first annual message for the Jan. 1 World Day of Peace, Pope Francis writes that peace and social justice are impossible without a spirit of fraternity based on recognition that all men and women are children of God.
"Without fraternity it is impossible to build a just society and a solid and lasting peace," the pope wrote in his 5,000-word address.
"At the same time, it appears clear that contemporary ethical systems remain incapable of producing authentic bonds of fraternity, since a fraternity devoid of reference to a common Father as its ultimate foundation is unable to endure."
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