Pope prays for peace in New Year message

2013-01-01 13:30

Vatican City - Pope Benedict XVI prayed for world peace, condemning the inequality between rich and poor and "unregulated financial capitalism" at a New Year's mass in St Peter's Basilica on Tuesday.

The pope spoke of "hotbeds of tension and confrontation caused by the growing inequality between rich and poor and the prevalence of a selfish and individualistic mentality also expressed by unregulated financial capitalism".

But he added that humanity had "an innate vocation for peace" and prayed for "the gift of peace" this year, quoting a Biblical passage saying: "Blessed are the peacemakers for they shall be called the children of God."

The Roman Catholic Church celebrates New Year's Day as World Peace Day.


  • jurgen.eksteen - 2013-01-01 13:46

    He is one to talk ... the entire Roman Catholic Church's income comes from the poor and yet he lives in such luxury and lavishness. They don't even pay taxes! - 2013-01-01 13:54

      There is more wealth in the Vatican than anywhere else ..

      oneconcernedude - 2013-01-01 14:38

      The Vatican is one of the wealthiest "BIG BUSINESSES" in the world...So the Pope recons "humanity has an innate vocation for peace"..yeah? Problem is, there is just about three or four BILLION too much of "humanity" on our poor little Earth Mr Pope, competing for finite resources! how about dishing out some of that Vatican held wealth to the poor?

      christoffvstaden - 2013-01-01 16:44

      Sick, f%^king bastard this pope - everything about him & his philosophy disgusts me! Vile!

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2013-01-01 16:52

      Christoffvstaden, First impression of your comment; Wow, you are very harsh !! Second impression of your comment; Wow, you are soo right !!!!

      MagdaKus - 2013-01-01 20:27

      The Vatican also funds more charity projects around the world than you imagine, including in SA. And as much as buildings and artwork "owned" by the Church are priceless, you should remember that is not cash in the bank, and remember their upkeep and conservation costs. Before you say "sell them"- remember those who donated them may not have wished that. Secondly- where they are- they are held where anyone who travels there can see. Once they land up in some millionaire's private vault, you will only be able to admire them in books.

      jurgen.eksteen - 2013-01-01 21:13

      I have nothing against Catholics ... just Catholicism. And yes, I'm a Bible believing Christian.

      phoenix.px.5 - 2013-01-01 23:03

      Magda seriously??? You are aware that they have stolen, oh sorry got donations, many priceless artefacts that they do not allow anyone access to - at all - not even to research. It IS a millionaires private vault!!! (or actually in this case, a billionaires private vault). The Vatican has large investments with the Rothschilds of Britain, France and America, with the Hambros Bank, with the Credit Suisse in London and Zurich. In the United States it has large investments with the Morgan Bank, the Chase-Manhattan Bank, the First National Bank of New York, the Bankers Trust Company, and others. The Vatican has billions of shares in the most powerful international corporations such as Gulf Oil, Shell, General Motors, Bethlehem Steel, General Electric, International Business Machines, T.W.A., etc. At a conservative estimate, these amount to more than 500 million dollars in the U.S.A. alone. The Vatican's treasure of solid gold has been estimated by the United Nations World Magazine to amount to several billion dollars. A large bulk of this is stored in gold ingots with the U.S. Federal Reserve Bank, while banks in England and Switzerland hold the rest. But this is just a small portion of the wealth of the Vatican, which in the U.S. alone, is greater than that of the five wealthiest giant corporations of the country. ... and he comments on the inequality between rich and poor. How ironic.

  • phoenix.px.5 - 2013-01-01 13:56

    This coming from someone who sits on the BIGGEST stockpile of gold in the world - and still gets poor people to give him money. Despicable.

  • Mike Peach Purchase - 2013-01-01 14:04

    Politics at its best.Work and you will grow,sit on your butt and you will forever unless you,re a politician.

  • MerrickBluett - 2013-01-01 14:24

    Has anything this guy has prayed for come to pass? Like it's gonna make a difference to this planet!

  • aquilakahecate - 2013-01-01 14:26

    Tell me, Your Holiness, do you think Jehovah was even listening to you?

  • mordikaai.speak - 2013-01-01 14:41

    Not only the poor have faith contrary to belief not all wealthy people are godless and not all those that are poor are saints. Wealth can also come from hard work and does the bible not say there will always be the poor?

      arnaud.munezero - 2013-01-01 22:50

      Yes the wealth can come from hard working but what do you when the reach people and capitalist system is oppressing the hard working group? For example cheaper labour and bad working conditions?

      arnaud.munezero - 2013-01-01 23:01

      You can work hard but if the they still big gap between rich and poor and wealth accumulation by capitalist, poor will continue to be poor and rich will continue to fill their pocket with the energy of poor people.

  • Shane Prins - 2013-01-01 15:05

    pray all you want parasite, it will make no difference...never has, never will...

  • Antoinette Morgan - 2013-01-01 15:19

    Thanks Mr Pope. Now please refer to Matt 25:31-45 to check which side you are on. When done page back to Matt 18:3-6. Pray boet, pray.

  • henry.vanderburpenfart - 2013-01-01 15:21

  • phello.neo - 2013-01-01 16:47

    The Roman Catholic has created the culture of intolerence in the past to those who did'nt believe in their crab- bloody criminals!

  • venus.nakesch - 2013-01-02 10:55

    I'm not a supporter of war but let be realistic pope Benedict spoke about peace stopping war and the gap between poor and rich due to financial capitalism what does not even say its name. however, sopping war means asking super powers not serving their Interests worldwide, stopping dirty money gain, mispurpose businesses, stopping selling weapons while other people are dying and so forth........ quite frankly I'm all about pope Benedict's view but do you think this will arrange them???????? if anyone has an answer to my question do not hesitate

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