Here is the text signed on December 8 by Pope Francis and published today, December 21, for the 55th World Day of Peace.
The Pope speaks of the necessity for more education, less expenditure on military weapons and greater protection of the environment to bring about the “integral development” of humanity, and thus world peace.
The Pope mentions God once, at the conclusion of the document, when he writes: “May more and more men and women strive daily, with quiet humility and courage, to be artisans of peace. And may they be ever inspired and accompanied by the blessings of the God of peace!”
This text, which may have been prepared by his staff, uses a language which could be read by Christians and non-Christians alike. Evidently for this reason — out of a type of desire to meet all men and women where they are, without presupposing any knowledge of the Gospel or the specific words and actions of Jesus Christ — in this message mention of Jesus Christ, the Prince of Peace, is missing.
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Here is how the Reuters agency reports on the Pope’s newest letter, published today for the World Day of Peace which falls each year on January 1.
Spend on education, not weapons, pope says in annual peace message (link)
By Philip Pullella
VATICAN CITY, Dec 21 (Reuters) – Nations should divert money spent on armaments to invest in education, Pope Francis says in a yearly peace message, decrying growing military costs at the expense of social services.
In his message issued on Tuesday for the Roman Catholic Church’s World Day of Peace, which is celebrated on Jan. 1, Francis also called for a better balance between a free market economy and the need to help the needy and protect the environment.
He dedicated about a third of the four-page message to education, saying there had been a “significant reduction” in education and training spending worldwide while military expenditure had increased beyond the levels at the end of the Cold War and “seem certain to grow exorbitantly”.
He did not give any sources for the statistics.
“It is high time, then, that governments develop economic policies aimed at inverting the proportion of public funds spent on education and on weaponry,” he said in the message, which is sent to heads of state and international organisations.
“The pursuit of a genuine process of international disarmament can only prove beneficial for the development of peoples and nations, freeing up financial resources better used for health care, schools, infrastructure, care of the land and so forth,” he said.
The proportions of military and education spending differ from country to country, but positions on what to increase and what to cut often follow partisan lines.
A poll by the Pew Research Center in 2019 showed that in the United States, 84% of Democrats favoured more spending on education versus 56 percent of Republicans and that 56% of Republicans wanted more military spending as opposed to 26% of Democrats.
Francis has called for disarmament, a ban on nuclear weapons and has said that military funds should also be diverted into the fair distribution of COVID-19 vaccines and research to prevent future pandemics.
“Despite numerous efforts aimed at constructive dialogue between nations, the deafening noise of war and conflict is intensifying. While diseases of pandemic proportions are spreading, the effects of climate change and environmental degradation are worsening, the tragedy of hunger and thirst is increasing,” he said in the message.
Message of Pope Francis for the 55th World Day of Peace
Dialogue between generations, education and work:
tools for building lasting peace (link)
1. “How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of the messenger who announces peace” (Is 52:7).
The words of the prophet Isaiah speak of consolation; they voice the sigh of relief of a people in exile, weary of violence and oppression, exposed to indignity and death. The prophet Baruch had wondered: “Why is it, O Israel, why is it that you are in the land of your enemies, that you are growing old in a foreign country, that you are defiled with the dead, that you are counted among those in Hades?” (3:10-11). For the people of Israel, the coming of the messenger of peace meant the promise of a rebirth from the rubble of history, the beginning of a bright future.
Today the path of peace, which Saint Paul VI called by the new name of integral development, remains sadly distant from the real lives of many men and women and thus from our human family, which is now entirely interconnected. Despite numerous efforts aimed at constructive dialogue between nations, the deafening noise of war and conflict is intensifying. While diseases of pandemic proportions are spreading, the effects of climate change and environmental degradation are worsening, the tragedy of hunger and thirst is increasing, and an economic model based on individualism rather than on solidary sharing [Sic; the original Italian has “condivisione solidale,” perhaps better rendered as “shared solidarity”] continues to prevail. As in the days of the prophets of old, so in our own day the cry of the poor and the cry of the earth constantly make themselves heard, pleading for justice and peace.
In every age, peace is both a gift from on high and the fruit of a shared commitment. Indeed, we can speak of an “architecture” of peace, to which different institutions of society contribute, and an “art” of peace that directly involves each one of us. All can work together to build a more peaceful world, starting from the hearts of individuals and relationships in the family, then within society and with the environment, and all the way up to relationships between peoples and nations.
Here I wish to propose three paths for building a lasting peace. First, dialogue between generations as the basis for the realization of shared projects. Second, education as a factor of freedom, responsibility and development. Finally, labour as a means for the full realization of human dignity. These are three indispensable elements for “making possible the creation of a social covenant”, without which every project of peace turns out to be insubstantial.
2. Dialogue between generations to build peace
In a world still gripped by the pandemic that has created untold problems, “some people attempt to flee from reality, taking refuge in their own little world; others react to it with destructive violence. Yet between selfish indifference and violent protest there is always another possible option: that of dialogue. Dialogue between generations”.
All honest dialogue, in addition to a correct and positive exchange of views, demands basic trust between the participants. We need to learn how to regain this mutual trust. The current health crisis has increased our sense of isolation and a tendency to self-absorption. The loneliness of the elderly is matched in the young by a sense of helplessness and a lack of a shared vision about the future. The crisis has indeed been painful, but it has also helped to bring out the best in people. Indeed, during the pandemic we encountered generous examples of compassion, sharing and solidarity in every part of the world.
Dialogue entails listening to one another, sharing different views, coming to agreement and walking together. Promoting such dialogue between generations involves breaking up the hard and barren soil of conflict and indifference in order to sow the seeds of a lasting and shared peace.
Although technological and economic development has tended to create a divide between generations, our current crises show the urgent need for an intergenerational partnership. Young people need the wisdom and experience of the elderly, while those who are older need the support, affection, creativity and dynamism of the young.
Great social challenges and peace processes necessarily call for dialogue between the keepers of memory – the elderly – and those who move history forward – the young. Each must be willing to make room for others and not to insist on monopolizing the entire scene by pursuing their own immediate interests, as if there were no past and future. The global crisis we are experiencing makes it clear that encounter and dialogue between generations should be the driving force behind a healthy politics, that is not content to manage the present “with piecemeal solutions or quick fixes”, but views itself as an outstanding form of love for others, in the search for shared and sustainable projects for the future.
If, amid difficulties, we can practise this kind of intergenerational dialogue, “we can be firmly rooted in the present, and from here, revisit the past and look to the future. To revisit the past in order to learn from history and heal old wounds that at times still trouble us. To look to the future in order to nourish our enthusiasm, cause dreams to emerge, awaken prophecies and enable hope to blossom. Together, we can learn from one another”. For without roots, how can trees grow and bear fruit?
We need only think of care for our common home. The environment, in fact, “is on loan to each generation, which must then hand it on to the next”. We ought to esteem and encourage all those young people who work for a more just world, one that is careful to safeguard the creation entrusted to our stewardship. They go about this with restlessness, enthusiasm and most of all a sense of responsibility before the urgent change of direction required by the challenges emerging from the present ethical and socio-environmental crisis.
On the other hand, the opportunity to build paths of peace together cannot ignore education and labour, which are privileged settings and contexts for intergenerational dialogue. Education provides the grammar for dialogue between generations, and in the experience of labour men and women of different generations find themselves able to cooperate and to share expertise, experiences and skills in view of the common good.
3. Teaching and education as drivers of peace
In recent years, there has been a significant reduction worldwide in funding for education and training; these have been seen more as expenditures than investments. Yet they are the primary means of promoting integral human development; they make individuals more free and responsible, and they are essential for the defence and promotion of peace. In a word, teaching and education are the foundations of a cohesive civil society capable of generating hope, prosperity and progress.
Military expenditures, on the other hand, have increased beyond the levels at the end of the Cold War and they seem certain to grow exorbitantly.
It is high time, then, that governments develop economic policies aimed at inverting the proportion of public funds spent on education and on weaponry. The pursuit of a genuine process of international disarmament can only prove beneficial for the development of peoples and nations, freeing up financial resources better used for health care, schools, infrastructure, care of the land and so forth.
It is my hope that investment in education will also be accompanied by greater efforts to promote the culture of care, which, in the face of social divisions and unresponsive institutions, could become a common language working to break down barriers and build bridges. “A country flourishes when constructive dialogue occurs between its many rich cultural components: popular culture, university culture, youth culture, artistic culture, technological culture, economic culture, family culture and media culture”. It is essential, then, to forge a new cultural paradigm through “a global pact on education for and with future generations, one that commits families, communities, schools, universities, institutions, religions, governments and the entire human family to the training of mature men and women”. A compact that can promote education in integral ecology, according to a cultural model of peace, development and sustainability centred on fraternity and the covenant between human beings and the environment.
By investing in the education and training of younger generations, we can help them – through a focused programme of formation – to take their rightful place in the labour market.
4. Creating and ensuring labour builds peace
Labour is an indispensable factor in building and keeping peace. It is an expression of ourselves and our gifts, but also of our commitment, self-investment and cooperation with others, since we always work with or for someone. Seen in this clearly social perspective, the workplace enables us to learn to make our contribution towards a more habitable and beautiful world.
The Covid-19 pandemic has negatively affected the labour market, which was already facing multiple challenges. Millions of economic and productive activities have failed; short-term workers are increasingly vulnerable; many of those who provide essential services have an even lower public and political profile; and in many cases, distance teaching has led to a deficit in learning and delays in completing programmes of study. Furthermore, young people entering the job market and recently unemployed adults presently face bleak prospects.
In a particular way, the impact of the crisis on the informal economy, which often involves migrant workers, has been devastating. Many of the latter are not even recognized by national legislation; it is as though they did not exist. They and their families live in highly precarious conditions, prey to various forms of slavery and with no system of welfare to protect them. Currently only one third of the world’s population of working age enjoys a system of social protection, or benefit from it only in limited ways. Violence and organized crime are on the increase in many countries, impinging on people’s freedom and dignity, poisoning the economy and hampering the development of the common good. The only answer to this is an expansion of dignified employment opportunities.
Labour, in fact, is the foundation on which to build justice and solidarity in every community. For this reason, our aim should not be “that technological progress increasingly replace human work, for this would be detrimental to humanity. Work is a necessity, part of the meaning of life on this earth, a path to growth, human development and personal fulfilment”. We need to combine our ideas and efforts in order to create the solutions and conditions that can provide everyone of working age with the opportunity, through their work, to contribute to the lives of their families and of society as a whole.
It is more urgent than ever to promote, throughout our world, decent and dignified working conditions, oriented to the common good and to the safeguarding of creation. The freedom of entrepreneurial initiatives needs to be ensured and supported; at the same time, efforts must be made to encourage a renewed sense of social responsibility, so that profit will not be the sole guiding criterion.
In light of this, there is a need to promote, welcome and support initiatives that, on all levels, urge companies to respect the fundamental human rights of workers, raising awareness not only on the part of institutions, but also among consumers, civil society and entrepreneurial entities. As the latter become more and more conscious of their role in society, the more they will become places where human dignity is respected. In this way, they will contribute to building peace. Here, politics is called to play an active role by promoting a fair balance between economic freedom and social justice. All who work in this field, starting with Catholic workers and entrepreneurs, can find sure guidelines in the Church’s social doctrine.
Dear brothers and sisters, as we seek to combine our efforts in order to emerge from the pandemic, I renew my thanks to all those who continue to work with generosity and responsibility in the areas of education, safety and protection of rights, in supplying medical care, in facilitating meetings between family members and the sick, and in providing economic support to the needy and those who have lost their jobs. I continue to remember the victims and their families in my prayers.
To government leaders and to all those charged with political and social responsibilities, to priests and pastoral workers, and to all men and women of good will, I make this appeal: let us walk together with courage and creativity on the path of intergenerational dialogue, education, and work. May more and more men and women strive daily, with quiet humility and courage, to be artisans of peace. And may they be ever inspired and accompanied by the blessings of the God of peace!
From the Vatican, 8 December 2021
 Cf. Encyclical Letter Populorum Progressio (26 March 1967), 76ff.
 Cf. Encyclical Letter Laudato Si’ (24 May 2015), 49.
 Cf. Encyclical Letter Fratelli Tutti (3 October 2020), 231.
 Ibid., 218.
 Ibid., 199.
 Ibid., 179.
 Cf. ibid., 180.
 Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation Christus Vivit (25 March 2019), 199.
 Encyclical Letter Laudato Si’, 159.
 Cf. ibid., 163; 202.
 Cf. ibid., 139.
 Cf. Message to the Participants in the 4th Paris Peace Forum, 11-13 November 2021.
 Cf. Encyclical Letter Laudato Si’ (24 May 2015), 231; Message for the 2021 World Day of Peace: A Culture of Care as a Path to Peace (8 December 2020).
 Encyclical Letter Fratelli Tutti (3 October 2020), 199.
 Cf. Video Message for the Global Compact on Education: Together to Look Beyond (15 October 2020).
 Cf. Video Message for the High Level Virtual Climate Ambition Summit (13 December 2020).
 Cf. JOHN PAUL II, Encyclical Letter Laborem Exercens (14 September 1981), 18.
 Encyclical Letter Laudato Si’ (24 May 2015), 128.
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Press Conference to present the Message for the 55th World Day of Peace, 21.12.2021 (link)
At 11.30 this morning, took place live streaming from the Press Office of the Holy See, the first press conference of 55.ma
Message for the World Day of Peace on the theme: “Dialogue between generations, education and work tools build lasting peace ”, which is celebrated on 1 January 2022.
The Eminence Cardinal Peter Kodwo Appiah Turkson, Prefect of the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development, spoke; the Rev. by Sr. Alessandra Smerilli, FMA, ad interim Secretary of the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development; Rev. Father Fabio Baggio, CS, Under-Secretary of the Migrants and Refugees Section of the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development; Dr. Aboubakar Soumahoro, President of the Laborers League and Spokesperson of Invisibles in Movement.
The following are the interventions:
Abstract by Cardinal Peter Kodwo Appiah Turkson
Education, Work and Dialogue between Generations: Tools for Building Peace
In the introductory verse, Isaiah is captivated by the beauty of the feet of the peace-bearer: a captivation that reveals a great yearning for peace which God’s people have nourished within itself during a protracted period of experience of hardship and disaster which had befallen it. This is the experience of the exile and its consequences which the Book of Baruch captures as:
Lack of conversion/change
Rejection of path to peace
· Exposure to hostility
Inactivity/lack of productive existence ( languishing )
Experience of death/threats to life
These characteristics which are emblematic of Israel’s life in exile and which undergird and explain Israel’s great yearning for peace are verifiable in our world today:
§ The lack of moral/ethical fiber and political will to embrace and commit to life-saving measure in the face of life-threatening climate crises, pandemics and economic inequalities.
§ Short term gains and profits which becloud our vision of long term benefits and advantages.
§ The resultant crises of volumes of displaced peoples: migration and refugee crises.
§ Real life and real time experience of fear (angst), hostility and insecurity.
§ Privation of global civilization and human culture of a working capital.
§ General experience of disasters and growing threats to human culture and existence.
Against this background of the Message of Peace 2022 begins with some characterizations of Peace derived from the teaching of Pope Francis:
Negotiation often becomes necessary for shaping concrete paths to peace. Yet the processes of change that lead to lasting peace are crafted above all by peoples; each individual can act as an effective leaven by the way he or she lives each day… … This means that “everyone has a fundamental role to play in a single great creative project: to write a new page of history, a page full of hope, peace and reconciliation. There is an “architecture” of peace, to which different institutions of society contribute, each according to its own area of expertise, but there is also an “art” of peace that involves us all. From the various peace processes that have taken place in different parts of the world, “we have learned that these ways of making peace, of placing reason above revenge, of the delicate harmony between politics and law, cannot ignore the involvement of ordinary people. Peace is not achieved by regulatory frameworks and institutional arrangements between well-meaning political or economic groups… It is always helpful to incorporate into our peace processes the experience of those sectors that have often been overlooked, so that communities themselves can influence the development of a collective memory “. And this means that ……
Despite obstacles, differences and varying perspectives on the way to achieve peaceful coexistence, this task summons us to persevere in the struggle to promote a ‘culture of encounter’. This requires us to place at the center of all political, social and economic activity the human person, who enjoys the highest dignity, and respect for the common good.
( All Brothers, 231-2)
– As a Gift of God.
– As Work of the human person and fruit of Culture of dialogue & encounter.
– Having an Architecture of its own multi-sectoral, multi-disciplinary and multi-actors (rooted in encounter and dialogue).
– Resulting as a Work of Art ( Art of Peace ).
– Enhancing the realization of Human dignity and respects Common good.
– Baptized by Pope Paul VI as Development, Peace corresponds to the vocation of the human person to transform creation with the fruit of his labor …… WORK
These various characteristics and attributes of peace will be illustrated by our co-panelists!
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Intervention by Sr. Alessandra Smerilli, FMA
The phrase of Isaiah that Pope Francis has chosen for this 55th World Day of Peace is taken from one of the chapters of the songs of the suffering Servant of YHWH – “How many were amazed at him – so much disfigured was his appearance to be a man and its form is different from that of the children of man “(52,13). That messenger of peace is a messenger of a difficult because true peace, not of an easy and romantic peace. It is the announcement of a prophet who knows that the search for and the construction of peace coexists with the suffering of many, too many, men and women ‘disfigured’ in their appearance and in their dignity. We continue, together with Isaiah, to announce peace, but we do not forget the pain of those who suffer wars and the lack of peace in this world. Which, as the Holy Father says in this message, it’s not just wars waged with arms; they are also the war that humans have long waged with nature, with mother earth, and with other living species. The young people, who are the first protagonists of this message, young people who have always been at the center of Pope Francis’ teaching, now know very well that they are within this conflict between us and the earth. They didn’t ask for it, they wouldn’t want it, but they know they are fighting to save the planet, and ourselves human beings, from this absurd conflict that our economic system has declared to the natural environment. And the Pope is with them. He repeated it many times, he repeats it once more: the cry of the earth and the cry of the poor are the same he cried, in the cry of the earth we hear that of the poor, and in that of the poor we hear the cry of the earth. Young people know this, the young people of EoF (Economy of Francesco) know it, which Pope Francis called two and a half years ago and who today all over the world are responding to this cry. And they do it by seeking dialogue with adults, they propose an alliance to us. Furthermore, as the Pope recalls in the message, work, with this serious Covid crisis, is increasingly the center of the social question. There is no justice without just jobs, without jobs for everyone, without decent and respectful jobs for everyone. Work is much more than a means of earning a living: work is an expression of our identity and dignity, of our social and relational vocation, of our safeguarding and cultivating the land, with God and with others. For this reason, as a Dicastery, through the Covid-19 Commission and in collaboration with other Dicasteries, we are starting a project entitled “Work for all”: it will be a great listening operation of all those who in different places are looking for creative solutions to the problems of work. Listening, discernment and sharing, creating the conditions for something new to happen. To build peace through decent working conditions for all.
Finally, the cure. Work can no longer be detached from care. In a global society that, thank God, will live longer and longer, the care, the supply and the demand for care will be the great challenge of the human and spiritual sustainability of our form of life. If we leave it all to the market, the discards will increase, and will be discarded by income and care; we must put care at the center of the social pact, knowing that there is a need for care that remains and becomes a gift and gratuitousness, an expression of the principle of fraternity (FT).
“The old will have dreams, the young will make prophecies” (Giole). Pope Francis continues to have dreams, so that young people make prophecies.
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Speech by the Rev. Father Fabio Baggio, CS
The Holy Father’s Message for the 55th World Day of Peace, entitled “Dialogue between generations, education and work: tools for building lasting peace”, deviates slightly from the traditional contrast between peace and war. Indeed, it insists on the idea of peace understood as the goal of a journey which, as Saint Paul VI taught us, is defined as integral human development.
Today’s world is positively interconnected thanks to a global flow of ideas and technological innovations that aim to increase the common good. But it is also interdependent in a negative sense, especially when we consider the effects of the climate crisis and diseases that cannot be contained within national borders.
The world is our common home, the only possible home for our common family. And both the common family and the common home always lose when wars occur within them. Rulers who think they can solve problems with armed conflict belong to the past, not the future.
Peace throughout the common home and family is a necessary condition for avoiding catastrophe and for promoting the common good of all. However, in order to be lasting, it must be built following an architecture suited to contemporary challenges, which ensures its breadth and solidity.
To this end, the message highlights three essential tools: dialogue between generations, education and work.
The first tool is sincere, fruitful and generative communication between the old and new generations. The wisdom of those who have more experience must serve to moderate the easy enthusiasm of those who have less, just as the recklessness of the youngest must serve as a spur to those who tend to stop on “it has always been done this way”. Knowledge of history and processes is an essential element of discernment, but it must never be an impediment to growth, creativity and innovation.
The dynamics studied in the migratory field show how some substantial changes are often the work of the second and third generations, whose intercultural dialogue skills become the driving force of the processes of true and effective integration.
The second tool is education, understood as teaching that generates culture and ensures freedom and responsibility. In this perspective, the message particularly insists on education towards a culture of “care”, understood as caring for the common home and the common family. Every human being is called to take care of creation and of his brothers and sisters, as a personal vocation, and for this he must be assured of the necessary knowledge and skills.
And here too we cannot fail to refer to the migratory context, increasingly populated by workers employed in the care sector, silent and humble examples of dedication and sacrifice.
The last tool is work, another central theme of Pope Francis’ teaching. Considering the commitments of the Dicastery for Integral Human Development for 2022, I am sure that we will have the opportunity to deepen this tool from different angles in the coming months. Only allow me to recall its centrality in the understanding of the migratory phenomenon.
Dialogue between generations, education and work are not the only tools for building lasting peace, but they undoubtedly represent excellent equipment for the journey that still awaits us.
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Speech by Dr. Aboubakar Soumahoro
Let me, first of all, thank you for the invitation.
It is an honor to be here especially on this World Peace Day.
In a world that lies in wickedness and where all the foundations of the earth are shaken by the fault of the god of this century who has blinded people’s minds, PEACE has become an essential value.
However, the PEACE we need is not what the world gives, but it is that perfect peace capable of giving our souls and spirits rest, courage and strength to face every challenge.
Today, one of the main challenges we are called to face is the “cry of the poor and of the earth”, as the Holy Father, Pope Francis said, in his solemn message on the occasion of this World Day of Peace.
Today, there are nearly 100 million more people (according to the World Bank) worldwide living in a state of impoverishment due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Surely the pandemic will have exacerbated the state of impoverishment but it is a pre-existing condition. We are talking about people who are unable to meet their vital needs and those of their families due to growing material inequalities.
Today, all of creation (subjected to the transience caused by the climate crisis) eagerly awaits to be freed from the bondage of the corruption of the spirit of greed.
Alongside the “cry of the poor and of the earth”, there is also an urgent need to address the spiritual bewilderment that creates, among other things, a void of meaning that involves everyone (in an intergenerational way) and that at the same time generates selfishness and individualism in our society governed by the god of money.
To be able to face these 3 aforementioned challenges, it is necessary to have the courage to start a SPIRITUAL REVOLUTION capable of immersing itself in the dynamics of real life also to rebuild the sense of belonging to the same human community.
Achieving this goal requires listening, generosity and sacrifices but can only be achieved through the centrality of the “three ways to build a lasting peace, as indicated by the Holy Father, Pope Francis. That is to say “First of all, the dialogue between the generations, as a basis for the realization of shared projects. Secondly, education, as a factor of freedom, responsibility and development. Finally, work for the full realization of human dignity ”.
For this, we have the responsibility to put ourselves at the service of our human community in order to build the architecture of a peace anchored to social justice in harmony with nature and within an economic perspective at the service of the person. All this requires the idea of a popular and non-populist social and political action. A policy capable of restoring hope and not exasperating suffering by uniting and federating different people but united by common needs and dreams.
I thank you for your kind attention.
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A Video Interview Wrapping Up 2021
Here is a link to an hour-long interview I did last week with Jim Hale of Lifesitenews, in which Jim asks me to discuss some of the events of 2021 in a kind of year-end wrap-up. Some of you may find the interview of interest. Lifesitenews writes:
“Unite the clans”: Viganò biographer says “evils” of Great Reset must be met with penance, prayer
Author of Finding Viganò, Robert Moynihan, sits down with LSN TV’s Jim Hale to discuss the latest efforts taking place to combat the Great Reset. Moynihan also shares his vision for the future of the fight and his next book on Archbishop Viganò, explaining that resistance to the “cage” being constructed for mankind must be met with prayer and penance.
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