PONTIFICATE OF H.H. BENEDICT XVI 6th YEAR - 2010 SILVER COMMEMORATIVE COIN 10 EURO 43rd WORLD DAY OF PEACE 2010 "IF YOU WANT TO CULTIVATE PEACE, PROTECT CREATION"

      Celebrated on 17 January this year, the 96th World Day of Migrants and Refugees focused on minors who are migrants and refugees, the subject of the five euro coin. The annual day focused on a phenomenon which primarily affects the world’s poorest people. In recent years the number of migrants and refugees has increased greatly, impacting the lives of children in particular. Children especially should be able to look to the future with trust and hope, but problems such as poverty, violence and insecurity are seriously undermining any chance for a better future. In his message for the World Day, Pope Benedict XVI noted that Jesus himself experienced what it was like to be on the move when he and his family had to flee to Egypt to escape Herod’s persecution. The Pope’s message looks at the harm caused by this phenomenon, especially on children. He writes: "This year’s theme ... touches an aspect that Christians view with great attention, remembering the warning of Christ who at the Last Judgement will consider as directed to himself everything that has been done or denied ‘to one of the least of these’ " (cf. Mt 25:40, 45).  

In his message for the World Day of Peace, Pope Benedict XVI has chosen the theme "If You Want to Cultivate Peace, Protect Creation". Creation is the beginning and the foundation of all God’s works and therefore it must be respected and safeguarded always. The Pope also stressed this point in his Encyclical Letter Caritas in Veritate where he notes that human development is tightly linked to the duties we have with regard to the natural environment, which is a gift of God. He noted the common responsibility to care for the environment, especially in view of how it affects the world’s poorest and future generations. The design depicted on the coin to represent this theme is of a family farming their own land with great care, a work by artist Patrizio Daniele.