My dear brothers and sisters in the Lord,
As we approach our annual Martin Luther King Jr. weekend celebration, we remember the great civil rights leader who most of all was a Christian preacher who used non-violent actions to promote human rights in the United States. It is unfortunate that many young people today, born after the peak of the civil rights movement and who have never experienced the remarkable life and the tragic death of Martin Luther King Jr., seem to misunderstand what was achieved and what still needs to be achieved today.
Celebrating a Mass in his native El Salvador, newly created Cardinal Gregorio Rosa Chavez said his first major assignment will be to travel to South Korea for a meeting on how to achieve peace with North Korea.
My dear brothers and sisters in the Lord, This year marks the 50th anniversary of the beginning of World Day of Peace begun by Pope Paul VI. The Holy Father initiated this day of prayer based on the message of St. John XXIII and his Encyclical, “Pacem in Terris” (“Peace on Earth”). It was the wish of John XXIII that peace would be the prayer at the beginning of each New Year. He said, “Peace is the only true direction of human progress.”