Vatican City, 12 December 2014 (VIS) – Cardinal Secretary of State Pietro Parolin, on behalf of the Holy Father, has sent a message to the participants in the 14th World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates, to be held in Rome from 12 to 14 December 2014. The message will be read by Cardinal Peter Kodwo Appiah Turkson, president of the Pontifical Council “Justice and Peace”, and the full text is published below:
“His Holiness Pope Francis was pleased to be informed that the 14th World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates will take place in Rome from 12 to 14 December 2014, and he sends cordial greetings to all gathered for this occasion. 'In the heart of every man and woman is the desire for a full life, including that irrepressible longing for fraternity which draws us to fellowship with others and enables us to see them not as enemies or rivals but as brothers and sisters to be accepted and embraced' (Message for the 2014 World Day of Peace). His Holiness is deeply grateful for the commitment of the Summit participants to promoting peace and fraternity among peoples, and for their efforts in finding solutions to the conflicts of our day. As this meeting honours the memory of Nelson Mandela, whose legacy of non-violence and reconciliation continues to inspire the world, Pope Francis prays that all present may be renewed and encouraged in their urgent work, and that their labours may bear an abundant harvest of peace for the world. With the assurance of his prayers for their deliberations, His Holiness willingly invokes divine blessings upon all gathered for the Summit meeting”.