Vatican City, Jan 18, 2021 / 10:20 am
Pope Francis said on Monday that Martin Luther King Jr.'s dream "of harmony and equality for all people" is still relevant today.
"In today's world, which increasingly faces the challenges of social injustice, division and conflict that hinder the realization of the common good, Dr. King's dream of harmony and equality for all people, attained through nonviolent and peaceful means, remains ever timely," the pope said on Jan. 18, Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
In a message addressed to King's daughter, Bernice A. King, Francis said that it was imperative to see people "in the truth of our shared dignity as children of Almighty God."
"Only by striving daily to put this vision into practice can we work together to create a community built upon justice and fraternal love," he said, praying for "divine blessings of wisdom and peace" upon participants in the Beloved Community Commemorative Service, marking MLK Day.