Volume 21, Issue 17
Si vis pacem, para bellum.
This Roman adage, translated as ‘if you want peace, prepare for war’ has within its overtly aggressive tone a hidden pearl of wisdom. That is, that the pursuit of peace requires positive action. This principle was taken up by his Holiness Pope Paul VI in his 1972 ‘World Peace Day Message’, in which he challenged the Church: “If you want peace, work for justice.”