Young people, old people, poor people, rich people, people living here and all around the world, one thing we have in common is the right to live a dignified life
VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- When young people recognize the dignity and beauty of every human life, including their own, and are supported in their natural desire to make the world a better place, they become agents of justice and peace in the world, Pope Benedict XVI said.
Peace and justice are built on "a profound respect for every human being and helping others to live a life consonant with this supreme dignity," the pope said in his message for the World Day of Peace 2012.
The Catholic Church celebrates World Peace Day Jan. 1. The pope's message for the occasion was released Dec. 16 at the Vatican and sent, through Vatican ambassadors, to the leaders of nations around the world.
The theme the pope chose for the 2012 celebration was "Educating Young People in Justice and Peace."
He asked parents and teachers to be more attentive to the hopes and fears of young people today and to their search for true values, and he asked governments to put more resources into education and job creation.
And the pope asked young people themselves to take their schooling seriously and to be open to the example and knowledge their elders have to share.
He asked them "to be patient and persevering in seeking justice and peace, in cultivating the taste for what is just and true, even when it involves sacrifice and swimming against the tide."
Adults have a serious responsibility to help the young fulfill