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During the Hearing to the ambassadors of Seychelles, Thailand, Estonia, Malawi, Zambia, and Namibia to the Holy See, Pope Francis has emphasized once again the value of solidarity and hospitality, reiterating that fear of terrorism must not isolate us nor make us forget that we are “all united by a common humanity and by a shared mission to take care of society and of the Created.”

We share the same problems, which require reflection and dialogue to search for solutions, but also – the Pope said – “concrete signs of solidarity with our brothers and sisters in great need.” We are called to be “artisans of peace”, in a world that “appears increasingly fragmented and polarized.” Therefore, “the task is difficult.” And we are tempted to close up. “Many people tend to isolate themselves in front of the harshness of the real situation. They are afraid of terrorism and the growing influx of migrants radically change their culture, their economic stability and their life-style – the Pope went on to say -. These are concerns that we understand and we cannot easily dismiss them; yet, they need to be addressed with wisdom and compassion, so that everyone’s rights and needs are respected and supported.”

We have a responsibility towards those who are “afflicted by the tragedy of violence and forced migration”. “We must be resolute in making the world aware of their plight, so that, through us, their voices can be heard, too weak and unable to make everyone hear their cry.”

The warning of the Holy Father addressed those who foment wars for economic interests, selling weapons, for instance. The “path of diplomacy” helps to “search for solutions to the many causes underlying the current conflict. This is done especially through efforts to deprive of weapons those who use violence, as well as to end the scourge of human trafficking and drug trade, which often accompanies this evil.”

“Whereas our initiatives for peace should help people to stay in their homelands, the present moment calls us to help migrants and those who assist for them. We must not allow misunderstandings and fears weaken our resolution” Pope Bergoglio said. “We are called to build a culture of dialogue” and build “an integration that will respect migrants’ identity and preserve the culture of the community that welcomes them, enriching both of them at the same time”:

“If incomprehension and fear prevail, something is damaged in us; our cultures, history, and traditions are being weakened, and peace itself is being jeopardized. But, when we favor dialogue and solidarity, both on an individual and collective levels, we experience the best of humanity and ensure lasting peace for everyone, according to the plan of the Creator.”

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