Each year, on the 1st of January, the Pope issues a message to mark the World Day of Peace. Peace is one of the fundamental values that the Church promotes. It is a value that is biblically inspired. In the New Testament, Jesus calls the peacemakers, not only "blessed", but also that they shall be called God’s children. (Matthew 5:9) In this light, it is clear that the Churches cannot condone violence of any kind. The Churches believe firmly that violence begets violence and does not resolve any issues. This press statement is a clear testimony of the Churches opposition to violence.