17 March 2018
AsiaNews.it Twitter AsiaNews.it Facebook
Geographic areas

  • > Africa
  • > Central Asia
  • > Europe
  • > Middle East
  • > Nord America
  • > North Asia
  • > South Asia
  • > South East Asia
  • > South West Asia
  • > Sud America
  • > East Asia
  •    - China
  •    - Hong Kong
  •    - Japan
  •    - Macau
  •    - North Korea
  •    - South Korea
  •    - Taiwan

  • » 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

    Vatican City (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." Here, 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 that 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 just".

    "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 another's detriment".


    e-mail this to a friend Printable version

    See also

    04/03/2016 20:19:00 VATICAN
    Pope: pastors should vet the “inflexibility" that hinders those who approach the confessional

    Francis celebrated a penitential liturgy during which he was confessed and confessed some of the faithful. "How easy and misguided it is to believe that life depends on what we have, on our successes and on the approval we receive; to believe that the economy is only for profit and consumption; that personal desires are more important than social responsibility! When we only look to ourselves, we become blind, lifeless and self-centred, devoid of joy and true freedom.”

    11/01/2016 VATICAN
    Pope calls for joint action in migrants crisis, fight against fundamentalism and indifference
    Francis’ address to the diplomatic corps. " Only a distorted ideological form of religion" can justify violence in the name of God. Praise for positive outcome of Iranian nuclear deal, concerns over North Korean nuclear program. The family " threatened by growing efforts on the part of some to redefine the very institution of marriage by relativism, by the culture of the ephemeral, by a lack of openness to life".

    06/06/2013 VATICAN
    Pope: Vatican diplomats should seek inner freedom, not a career, in the service of the Gospel
    As he welcomed students from the Pontifical Ecclesiastical Academy, which trains future papal representatives, Francis highlighted the example of John XXIII, who during his years as nuncio was guided by "truth, justice, charity, above all charity." Hence, "each of you must be willing to integrate your vision of the Church, however legitimate, every personal idea or assessment, within the horizons seen by Peter, of his particular mission at the service of communion and the unity of the flock of Christ, of his pastoral charity which embraces the whole world".

    13/01/2014 VATICAN
    Pope: not just war, but “every denial of human dignity” wounds peace
    In his speech to diplomats, Pope Francis hopes for an end to conflict in Syria, Lebanon and expresses concern for Iraq, prayers for the reunification of the Koreas, openness to China, the African drama and violence against Christians. The lack of a "culture of encounter" and the "waste" of people deemed "unnecessary", such as the elderly or children who are aborted. The "greedy exploitation of natural resources".

    21/09/2017 17:01:00 VATICAN
    Pope: the mafia is the result of corruption, inequalities, poverty, and deviant politics

    Organised crime is fought at the political and economic levels against a financial system that “is now sovereign over democratic rules”. This requires “the construction of a new civil conscience [. . .] and working towards a new way of being citizens, including care and responsibility for others and for the common good”.

    Editor's choices

    Syrian Trappist nuns say Western powers and factional media fuel war propaganda

    In a written appeal, the religious systematically take apart the version of the conflict touted by governments, NGOs and international news organizations. In Ghouta east, jihadists attack the capital and use civilians as human shields. The Syrian government and people have a duty to defend themselves from external attacks. The conflict alone has undermined the coexistence between Christians and Muslims in the country.

    Xinjiang, crosses, domes, statues destroyed: the new 'Sinicized' Cultural Revolution

    Bernardo Cervellera

    Crosses removed from the domes and the tympanum of Yining Church as well as external decorations and crosses, and the Way of the Cross within the church. The same happened at the churches of Manas and Hutubi. The Cross represents "a foreign religious infiltration ". Prayer services forbidden even in private houses under the threat of arrests and re-education. Children and young people forbidden to enter churches. Religious revival frightens the Party.


    AsiaNews monthly magazine (in Italian) is free.


    News feed

    Canale RSSRSS channel 


    IRAN 2016 Banner

    2003 © All rights reserved - AsiaNews C.F. e P.Iva: 00889190153 - GLACOM®