» 03/22/2013, 00.00
Pope: there is no true peace without truth
In his first meeting with the diplomatic corps, Francis explains why he chose the name of the Saint of Assisi. Love for the poor, not just the materially poor, but also those who are victims of a "dictatorship of relativism." "The dialogue between us should help to build bridges connecting all people, in such a way that everyone can see in the other not an enemy, not a rival, but a brother or sister." “It is not possible to build bridges between people while forgetting God. But the converse is also true: it is not possible to establish true links with God, while ignoring other people." For this reason it is important to intensify dialogue between the different religions primarily with Islam
(AsiaNews) - "There is no true peace without truth", there is no true
peace if we first do not concern ourselves with the good of others, primarily
the poor - not just the materially poor, but also those who are
victims of the "dictatorship of relativism" - if we do not seek
dialogue, in which the role of religion is essential, "It is not possible to build bridges between
people while forgetting God. But the converse is also true: it is not possible
to establish true links with God, while ignoring other people". At his first meeting with diplomats accredited to the Holy See - 179
countries, plus organizations such as the PLO and international organizations -
Pope Francis spoke to the world "explaining" his choice of name.
The Sala Regia of
the Apostolic Palace, with its frescoes reminiscent of the victories of the
Holy See, from Lepanto on. A "solemn" Sala, traditional host to political
figures. So that they "remember."
too, Francis had the "throne" replaced with a simple white chair.
The Pope responds
- in Italian and not in French, as is usual in these meetings - to the dean of
the diplomatic corps, Jean-Claude Michel, Ambassador of the Principality of
Monaco, saying that the "large presence" of diplomats is "a sign
the relationships that your countries have with the Holy See are profitable,
they are indeed an occasion of good for humanity. That, indeed, is what matters
to the Holy See: the good of every person upon this earth! And it is with this
understanding that the Bishop of Rome embarks upon his ministry, in the
knowledge that he can count on the friendship and affection of the countries
you represent, and in the certainty that you share this objective. At the same
time, I hope that it will also be an opportunity to begin a journey with those
few countries that do not yet have diplomatic relations with the Holy See, some
of which were present at the Mass for the beginning of my ministry, or sent
messages as a sign of their closeness - for which I am truly grateful".
"As you know, there are various reasons why I chose
the name of Francis of Assisi, a familiar figure far beyond the borders of
Italy and Europe, even among those who do not profess the Catholic faith. One
of the first reasons was Francis' love for the poor. How many poor people there
still are in the world! And what great suffering they have to endure! After the
example of Francis of Assisi, the Church in every corner of the globe has
always tried to care for and look after those who suffer from want, and I think
that in many of your countries you can attest to the generous activity of
Christians who dedicate themselves to helping the sick, orphans, the homeless
and all the marginalized, thus striving to make society more humane and more
"But there is another form of poverty! It is the spiritual poverty of our time,
which afflicts the so-called richer countries particularly seriously. It is
what my much-loved predecessor, Benedict XVI, called the "tyranny of relativism",
which makes everyone his own criterion and endangers the coexistence of
peoples. And that brings me to a second reason for my name. Francis of Assisi
tells us we should work to build peace. But there is no true peace without
truth! There cannot be true peace if everyone is his own criterion, if everyone
can always claim exclusively his own rights, without at the same time caring
for the good of others, of everyone, on the basis of the nature that unites
every human being on this earth".
"One of the titles of the Bishop of Rome is Pontiff,
that is, a builder of bridges with God and between people. My wish is that the
dialogue between us should help to build bridges connecting all people, in such
a way that everyone can see in the other not an enemy, not a rival, but a
brother or sister to be welcomed and embraced! My own origins impel me to work
for the building of bridges. As you know, my family is of Italian origin; and
so this dialogue between places and cultures a great distance apart matters
greatly to me, this dialogue between one end of the world and the other, which
today are growing ever closer, more interdependent, more in need of
opportunities to meet and to create real spaces of authentic fraternity".
"In this work, the role of religion is fundamental. It
is not possible to build bridges between people while forgetting God. But the
converse is also true: it is not possible to establish true links with God,
while ignoring other people. Hence it is important to intensify dialogue among
the various religions, and I am thinking particularly of dialogue with Islam. At
the Mass marking the beginning of my ministry, I greatly appreciated the
presence of so many civil and religious leaders from the Islamic world. And it
is also important to intensify outreach to non-believers, so that the
differences which divide and hurt us may never prevail, but rather the desire
to build true links of friendship between all peoples, despite their diversity. Fighting poverty, both material and spiritual, building peace and constructing
bridges: these, as it were, are the reference points for a journey that I want
to invite each of the countries here represented to take up. But it is a
difficult journey, if we do not learn to grow in love for this world of ours. Here
too, it helps me to think of the name of Francis, who teaches us profound
respect for the whole of creation and the protection of our environment, which
all too often, instead of using for the good, we exploit greedily, to one
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