(Vatican Radio) Vatican Secretary of State Pietro Parolin has sent a message on the Pope's behalf to the Co-Presidents and Secretary General of Pax Christi International on the occasion of the seventieth anniversary of the foundation of Pax Christi International which is being marked in Bethlehem.
Please find below the message in English
His Holiness Pope Francis was pleased to be informed of the seventieth anniversary of the foundation of Pax Christi International, to be observed during the Global Assembly in Bethlehem from 13 to 17 May 2015. He sends cordial greetings to all those present for the celebration and he assures them of his spiritual closeness. Recalling that “to the extent that [Christ] reigns within us, the life of society will be a setting for universal fraternity, justice, peace and dignity” (Evangelii Gaudium, 180), His Holiness prays that the Assembly will be an occasion for all members of Pax Christi to open anew their hearts to Christ and to see their union in him as their greatest offering to the communities they serve. Commending all the Assembly participants to the intercession of Mary, Queen of Peace, the Holy Father willingly imparts his Apostolic Blessing as a pledge of peace and joy in Risen Lord.
Cardinal Pietro Parolin
Secretary of State