From the message of His Holiness Benedict XVI on January 1st, 2008: “At the beginning of a New Year, I wish to send my fervent good wishes for peace, together with a heartfelt message of hope to men and women throughout the world. I do so by offering for our common reflection the theme which I have placed at the beginning of this message. It is one which I consider particularly important: the human family, a community of peace. The first form of communion between persons is that born of the love of a man and a woman who decide to enter a stable union in order to build together a new family. But the peoples of the earth, too, are called to build relationships of solidarity and cooperation among themselves, as befits members of the one human family: “All peoples”-as the Second Vatican Council declared-“are one community and have one origin, because God caused the whole human race to dwell on the face of the earth; they also have one final end, God”.