Peace is handcrafted with forgiveness, respect, justice, pope says

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May 11, 2015

Pope Francis leads an audience with children from the Fabbrica della Pace group in Paul VI hall at the Vatican May 11. In English the group is called the "Peace Factory." The initiative seeks to promote peace, tolerance and inclusion in Italian elementary schools. (CNS photo/Paul Haring) See POPE-PEACE May 11, 2015.

Pope Francis leads an audience with children from the Fabbrica della Pace group in Paul VI hall at the Vatican May 11. In English the group is called the “Peace Factory.” The initiative seeks to promote peace, tolerance and inclusion in Italian elementary schools. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Peace takes hard work and must be built one person at a time working each day by forgiving others, ending injustice and stopping greed, Pope Francis told elementary school children.

People also have to do more to stop condemning those who have made serious mistakes and instead help those who are incarcerated, especially juveniles, to start over and return to society, he said.

“It’s easier to fill prisons than help” them learn how to make better choices in life, Pope Francis said May 11 during a one-hour encounter with thousands of children, parents and educators taking part in an Italian initiative called “The Peace Factory.”

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