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Human rights activists hold placards during a rally in early October against the death penalty in Peshawar, Pakistan. (CNS)

The message for World Peace Day is on January 1 will be delivered to world leaders by Vatican ambassadors

Afghan children are seen in late May at a temporary shelter in an internally displaced persons camp on the outskirts of Balkh province, Afghanistan (CNS)

Pope Francis has chosen ‘Overcome indifference and win peace’ as the theme for the Church’s celebration on January 1

Pope Benedict XVI offers a blessing from the window of his apartment (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

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