September 2, 2013

An overemphasis on "personal well-being" and general indifference have eroded any sense of responsibility toward others, especially toward the poor, said a note from the Vatican announcing Pope Francis' choice of a theme for World Peace Day 2014.

For the first peace day message of his pontificate, the pope chose the theme: "Fraternity, the foundation and pathway to peace," said a Vatican communique.

Announcing the theme for the Jan. 1, 2014, celebration, the Vatican said Pope Francis' message will stress "the need to combat the 'throwaway culture' and to promote instead a 'culture of encounter,' in order to build a more just and peaceful world."