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Peacemaking begins at home, pope says at Mass

Monday, November 12, 2018 - Updated: 1:47 pm

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — World peace must begin in individuals’ hearts and in their families by saying “no” to pride and rivalry, Pope Francis said.

“When we read news about wars — think about the starvation of children in Yemen, which is a fruit of war — ‘it’s far away, poor babies,’ but why don’t they have anything to eat?” the pope asked during his homily Nov. 5 during Mass in the chapel of his residence.

The Mass was celebrated just days after news media reported the death of 7-year-old Amal Hussain, a Yemeni girl, whose photo by Tyler Hicks in The New York Times in mid-October brought renewed attention to the devastating impact the war in Yemen is having on innocent civilians.

“The same war that we make in our homes, in our institutions” by engaging in rivalry and gossip grows exponentially and leads to real wars that kill people, the pope said at his morning Mass.

“So,” he said, “peace must begin there: in the family, in the parish, in institutions, at the workplace by always seeking unanimity and agreement and not one’s own interests.”


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