The Vatican made public a letter from the Pope today announcing the theme for the 2005 Brazilian Lenten Fraternity Campaign, “Solidarity and Peace – Blessed are the Peacemakers.”
The letter, dated January 3rd, was sent from Pope John Paul II to Cardinal Geraldo Majella Agnelo, archbishop of Sao Salvador da Bahia, primate of Brazil and president of the National Conference of Bishops of Brazil.
The Pope notes that, "this happy initiative, promoted by the Catholic Church more than 40 years ago, now reaches all Christian denominations in CONIC - the National Council of Christian Churches of Brazil - thus constituting a significant occasion for ecumenical collaboration."
"In the world in which we live," the Holy Father continues, "frequently troubled by violence and marked by indifference, Christians who assume the commitment to promote peace and solidarity become efficacious instruments of evangelization and an example for everyone in building a society that is more fraternal and more attentive to the needs of the poor and indigent.”
The Pope also points out that, "The ecumenical mark of this year's Fraternity Campaign will facilitate for the Christians of Brazil a better reciprocal knowledge and a greater mutual esteem."