Cardinal Tagle calls on people to pray for peace in the coming new year
MANILA, Dec. 29 (PNA) — The head of the Archdiocese of Manila has urged the faithful to pray for peace in the coming new year.
In his New Year’s message, Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Tagle said the year 2017 should begin with the hope of finding true and lasting peace in the country.
“For the New Year, our prayer is for peace. But what is true peace? This is not just the absence of conflict,” he said.
“Real peace moves not in a violent way but rather in means that are full of love and compassion that are enough to defeat violence.”
Tagle noted that true peace comes as a result of truth, justice, respect for the right to life and the dignity of other people, freedom, and love for one another.
“Peace is only the fruit of these virtues. So let us pray for this coming year and seek guidance from Mother Mary, who gave us the Prince of Peace,” he added.
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