Papal theologian says don't twist Pope's words
Pope John Paul II's plea on Sunday for rich nations to pay attention to poor countries should not be twisted for political reasons, according to a warning from the theologian of the papal household said.
Dominican Fr Georges Cottier was quoted in the Italian press on Monday as warning: "Be careful not to use the Pope's words as instruments for party ends."
At Sunday's Angelus, the Holy Father said rich nations "must hear the cry of so many poor peoples of the world" who want a rightful share in development. His comments came on the eve of next week's G8 summit in Genoa.
Officials are bracing for anti-globalisation protests at the summit of major industrial nations. 60 Catholic organisations met last weekend in Genoa to pray and reflect on the issues to be raised at the summit.
The Pope's comments helped prompt the Italian press to canvass opinions about the summit and about globalisation.
Fr Giulio Albanese, director of the missionary congregations' Misna agency, said, "The gap between the North and South continues to grow, and Africa, an enormous mining exploitation in the open air, continues to be the last in economic development."
Giorgio Vittadini, of the Italian nongovernmental organization Compagnia delle Opere, said" "The harmony among Catholic groups is profound. The process of cooperation is irreversible." Referring to Paul VI's words, he added: "The real name of peace is development, without embracing mercantilism or neutralism, never egotistical; always in solidarity with the poorest area of the world."