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The following is the full text of the Jan. 1, 2015, World Day of Peace Message of Pope Francis.
No Longer Slaves, But Brothers and Sisters
At the beginning of this New Year, which we welcome as God’s gracious gift to all humanity, I offer heartfelt wishes of peace to every man and woman, to all the world’s peoples and nations, to heads of state and government, and to religious leaders. In doing so, I pray for an end to wars, conflicts and the great suffering caused by human agency, by epidemics past and present, and by the devastation wrought by natural disasters.
“We’ve been very blessed,” Bishop Malooly said last week. He was announcing the response to the ambitious Sustaining Hope for the Future capital campaign launched by the diocese in 2013.
The pledged total is now $31,074,000, more than $3 million over the campaign’s target, $28 million.
“This is a real tribute to the people and the pastors” of the diocese, Bishop Malooly said.
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