Since 1967, every New Year Day has also been celebrated as World Day Of Peace. The day is primarily a Catholic feast day dedicated to universal peace on the Solemnity of Mary, the Mother of God. On this occasion, the pope generally makes authoritative declarations on the Catholic Social Teachings.

The theme of the feast has always been about creating a culture of care, this year it being: "Education, work and dialogue between generations: tools for building lasting peace."


The World Day of Peace was founded in 1967 when Pope Paul VI announced the world needs to be sensitized and oriented for peace and understanding. The pope said the church needs to play a greater role in the search for world peace, following which it was decided to observe Jan. 1 as a holy day to celebrate efforts for world peace.

Inspired by the papal letters “Pacem in Terris” and “Populorum Progressio,” the pope recommended the church play a greater role in our search for world peace, and so this day, Jan. 1, was appointed as a holy day to celebrate efforts for world peace.


1) The life of inner peace, being harmonious and without stress, is the easiest type of existence. - Norman Vincent Peale, author and minister.

2) Peace is not merely a distant goal that we seek, but a means by which we arrive at that goal. – Martin Luther King, Jr.

3) For peace to reign on earth, humans must evolve into new beings who have learned to see the whole first - Immanuel Kant, German philosopher

4) Peace does not mean an absence of conflicts; differences will always be there. Peace means solving these differences through peaceful means; through dialogue, education, knowledge; and through humane ways. - Dalai Lama.

5) I think it’s naive to pray for world peace if we’re not going to change the form in which we live. Godfrey Reggio, director

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