The words on this postcard are a quote from Pope Paul VI. They come from his message for the celebration of the Day of Peace*, 1 January 1972. The complete message can be read here. The conception of peace is "that of an essential and fundamental good of mankind in this world, that is, of civilization, progress, order and brotherhood." Peace "is rooted in a sincere feeling for man," a feeling called Justice.
This postcard was sent in 1982 as thanks for a contribution to the Catholic Campaign for Human Development, the official domestic anti-poverty agency of the U.S. Catholic Bishops that works to break the cycle of poverty by helping people help themselves. The watercolor artwork was a gift from Corita to the Campaign for Human Development.
Corita Kent (1918-1986) ( aka Sister Mary Corita Kent) was an artist and an educator who worked mainly with silkscreen and serigraphy. Between 1938 and 1968 Kent lived and worked in the Immaculate Heart Community. She taught at the Immaculate Heart College in Los Angeles. She left the order in 1968 and moved to Boston, where she devoted herself to making art. Her artwork, with its messages of love and peace, was particularly popular during the social upheavals of the 1960s and 1970s. (source: Wikipedia)
* The World Day of Peace is January 1. The International Day of Peace is September 21.
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