Pope Francis recently addressed some 7,000 children, parents and teachers at the Vatican for an Italian initiative called The Peace Factory, which seeks to promote peace, tolerance and inclusion among the multi-ethnic, socially diverse and differently-abled children attending Italian elementary schools.
Then a wheelchair-bound 9-year-old boy asked the Pope to to define peace. “Peace means above all, no more wars but it also means joy, friendship among all, taking steps toward justice every day, taking steps to ensure there are no starving and sick who do not have the means to obtain health assistance. Doing all this is peace. Peace takes effort, it isn’t about being relaxed. We need to work in order to ensure that everyone has a solution to the problems and needs of their land, their country, their family and their society: this is how you make home-made peace. Peace is not an industrial product, peace is a home-made product, it is created day by day with our work, our life, our love, our closeness, our care. Peace is built every day. Where there is no justice, there is no peace,” Francis said.
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