In 1967, Pope Paul VI first dedicated the solemnity of Mary to world peace, and each feast since 1968 has seen release of a papal message.

On Jan. 1, 2020, Pope Francis marks the annual World Day of Peace with a message titled: “Peace as a Journey of Hope: Dialogue, reconciliation and ecological conversion.”

“The desire for peace lies deep within the human heart, and we should not resign ourselves to seeking anything less than this,” he writes.

Visit the Vatican website to read his message which unfolds over five brief points.