Christian diplomacy

Never before has there been such a need for a radically new approach in the search for peace. A priority for world statesmen? Certainly. But no less a priority for you and me!

A radically new approach in this search implies a higher and more lasting concept of peace—wherever it is to be found. The Preamble to the Constitution of UNESCO states, for example, "... since wars begin in the minds of men, it is in the minds of men that the defences of peace must be constructed ...."

A higher and more lasting concept of peace includes a higher and more lasting morality. Mankind's deepest need is to experience peace as a spiritual reality. Only a greater moral urgency—a kind of refined moral "craving"—can make it possible to find the peace that comes from God.

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Watchwords of peace
January 20, 1986

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