1. "Venit Jesus... et dixit eis: ‘Pax vobis!’"
came... and said to them, "Peace be with you" (Jn 20:19).
blessing resounds today,
on this most solemn day: Peace be with you!
to all the men and women of the world!
Christ is truly risen,
brings peace to all!
This is the "good news" of Easter.
is the new day, "made by the Lord" (Ps 117:24),
in the glorious body of the Risen One,
restores to the world, wounded by sin,
radiant with new splendour.
2. "Death with life contended;
After the terrible battle Christ returns victorious
advances upon the stage of history
announcing the Good News:
the resurrection and the life" (Jn 11:25),
"I am the
light of the world" (Jn 9:5).
His message can be summarized
in one word:
"Pax vobis – Peace be with you!"
is the fruit of the victory
over sin and death
which he gained at a
3. "I leave you peace, I give you my peace.
the world gives it
do I give it to you" (Jn 14:27).
"in the manner of the world"
– the experience of every age shows
is often a precarious balance of powers,
that sooner or later turn
against one another once more.
The peace which is the gift of the Risen
is deep and complete, and can reconcile man
with God, with himself
and with creation.
Many religions proclaim
that peace is a gift from God.
saw this again
at the recent Meeting at Assisi.
May all the world’s
join their efforts to build
a more just and fraternal humanity;
they work tirelessly
to ensure that religious convictions may never be
cause of division and hatred, but only and always
a source of brotherhood,
4. Christian communities on every continent,
and hope I ask you
to proclaim that Jesus is truly risen,
and to work so
that his peace
may bring an end to the tragic sequence of atrocities and
that bloody the Holy Land,
plunged again in these very days
horror and despair.
It seems that war has been declared on peace!
nothing is resolved by war,
it only brings greater suffering and death,
is resolved through reprisal and retaliation.
This is a truly great tragedy:
one can remain silent and inactive,
no political or religious leader!
must be followed by practical acts of solidarity
that will help everyone to
rediscover mutual respect
and return to frank negotiation.
In that Land
Christ died and rose from the dead,
and left the empty tomb
as a silent
but eloquent attestation.
By breaking down in himself the hostility
dividing wall between people,
he has reconciled all through the Cross (cf. Eph
and now he commits us, his disciples,
to remove every reason for
hatred and revenge.
5. How many members of the human family
are still subject to
misery and violence!
In how many corners of the world do we hear the cry
those who implore help, because they are suffering and dying:
Afghanistan, terribly afflicted in recent months
and now stricken by a
to so many other countries of the world
social imbalances and rival ambitions still torment
countless numbers of our
brothers and sisters.
Men and women of the third millennium!
Let me repeat
open your hearts to Christ, crucified and risen,
who comes with
the offer of peace!
Wherever the Risen Christ enters,
with him true peace!
May that peace enter, first of all, every human
the unsoundable depth, not easy to heal (cf. Jer 17:9).
it permeate relations between all sectors of society,
peoples, tongues and mentalities,
bringing everywhere the leaven of
solidarity and love.
6. And you, Risen Lord,
who have overcome tribulation and
grant us your peace!
We know that peace will be fully revealed
at the end of time,
when you come in glory.
Nevertheless, wherever you
peace is already at work in the world.
This is our
founded on you, who today have risen from the dead,
sacrificed for our salvation!
You ask us to keep alive in the world
flame of hope.
On this radiant day,
the Church sings with faith and joy:
my hope, has risen!"
Yes, Christ is risen, and with him
our hope! Alleluia!