December 19, 2014
'Peace can not be bought but built with our hands'
Francis made the statements while presiding over a mass at Amman’s International Stadium in Jordan where around 1,400 children received their first Holy Communion. Facing the crowd witnessing the pontiff’s historic visit to the Middle East, the first Latin American pope in history said peace was a “gift” that must be built “through great and small gestures of our everyday life.”
“We are also messengers and testimony of peace. Peace can not be bought, it is a gift that must be pursued patiently and built with our hands, through small and great gestures that involve our everyday life," Francis affirmed.
“(Peace) is consolidated if we acknowledge that we all have the same blood and are part of the human specie.”
In a visit he has personally described as strictly religious “to pray for peace in a land that suffers so much,” the head of the Roman Catholic Church called for “humility, brotherhood, forgiveness and reconciliation,” which he considered “the premise and condition for a true peace, solid and lasting.”