AGAINST THE FRAGMENTED WORLD WAR, WE NEED AN ENCOUNTER BETWEEN PEOPLE Pope Francis' message to the conference between Pax Christi and the ministry for Justice and Peace

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Against the “fragmented world war” we need to “work for true peace through encounter between real people and through reconciliation between peoples and groups” of “contrasting ideological positions”. We also need to “work towards the justice to which people, families, peoples, and nations feel entitled” on social, political, and economic levels. Besides, relaunching the “reflection on nonviolence and active non-violence” may be important. That is ‘what Pope Francis says in a message sent to the conference between Pax Christi and the ministry for Justice and Peace, which is being held in Rome, entitled “Nonviolence and Just Peace: Contributing to the Catholic understanding and commitment to non-violence.”

“Another milestone” the Pope points out in his message, evoking Evangelii Gaudium, is “realizing that the conflict cannot be ignored nor concealed. We must accept it not to be trapped, losing the overall perspective and the profound sense of the unity of reality. In fact, only by accepting the conflict – the Pope reminds -, we can fix it and turn it into a link with the new process peacemakers are implementing.”

Also the president of Justice and Peace, Cardinal. Peter Turkson, spoke at the conference. In a speech released by the Vatican Press Office, he invited us “to strongly renew the bond Pope Francis established between reduction of violence and growth of justice, compassion, and dialogue. To seek solutions to the unique and terrible ‘fragmented World War’ which is directly or indirectly experienced by much of humanity – Bergoglio says – we have to rediscover the reasons which last century pushed the sons and daughters of a civilization that was still largely Christian, to create Pax Christi Movement and the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace”.

“We need – the Pope says – to work for true peace through encounter between real people and through reconciliation between peoples and groups that clash from opposing ideological positions, and work towards the justice to which people, families, peoples, and nations feel entitled on social, political, and economic levels, in order to fulfill their part of the world. In fact, along with the ‘wise effort of that superior creative imagination we call diplomacy’ – which needs to be constantly fed – and along with the promotion of justice in this globalized world – which is ‘order in freedom and in conscientious duty’, it is necessary to renew all the most suitable tools to realize aspiration for justice and peace of today’s men and women.”

“Thus, – Francis says- also reflection to revive the path of non-violence, especially active non-violence, constitutes a necessary and positive contribution.” In operational terms, the Pope asks the participants to support the demands of abolition of the death penalty or its moratorium, and the cancellation or sustainable management of the international debt of the poor countries, which have been formulated to the rulers on the occasion of the Jubilee of Mercy.

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