Pope Benedict is calling individuals, international organizations and world governments to work together for peace in the New Year.
Speaking to Roman Catholic faithful at St. Peter's Basilica in Vatican City, where he celebrated the first New Year's Mass of his papacy today the pontiff warned that the world faces an "insidious" threat to peace from "terrorism, nihilism and fanatic fundamentalism."
The Catholic Church marks January 1 each year as a World Day of Peace.
Pope Benedict called on the United Nations to promote justice, solidarity, and peace in a world that seems less dedicated to those values than to economic forces -- what he called "the huge phenomenon of globalization."
Information for this report is provided by AP and AFP.