48th World Day of Peace
"Slaves no more, but brothers and sisters" is the theme of the 48th World Day of Peace. Many people think that slavery is a thing of the past. In fact, this social plague remains all too real in today’s world. Slavery deals a murderous blow to this fundamental fraternity, and so to peace as well. Peace can only exist when each human being recognizes every other person as a brother or sister with the same dignity. Too many abominable forms of slavery persist in today’s worl. Shamefully, individuals and groups around the world profit from this slavery. They take advantage of the world’s many conflicts, of the economic crisis and of corruption in order to carry out their evil. To counter slavery effectively, the inviolable dignity of every person must be recognized above all. Moreover, this acceptance of dignity must be anchored solidly in fraternity. Fraternity requires us to reject any inequality which would allow one person to enslave another. It demands instead that we act everywhere with proximity and generosity, thus leading to liberation and inclusion for everyone. Our purpose is to build a civilization based on the equal dignity of every person without discrimination (Pontificio Consiglio di Giustizia e Pace). The Philatelic and Numismatic Office dedicates to the celebration of this year a 5 euro silver coin, realized by the artist Antonella Napolione. The obverse side of the coin shows the face of the Holy Father. The reverse side, instead, represents the fraternal embrace between two men, one of which has just been released from the chain, symbol of all forms of slavery, which lies finally broken at his feet.