New Book: How PJPII views International Justice
Zenit reports today on a new book published by the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace that provides an
overview of the Pope's thinking on international justice. The book, John Paul II and the Family of
Nations contains John Paul II's addresses to the Diplomatic Corps between 1978 and
Bishop Giampaolo Crepaldi, PCJP secretary, told Zenit: "When John Paul II speaks to the
diplomats, he goes beyond their persons; his speech is addressed to everyone ... the Holy See's action is
addressed above all to consciences; it has no interests to defend, except those of justice and of a
solidarity without limits, and this enables it to support the cause of those who suffer and whose voice
cannot be heard."
Bishop Crepaldi was also responsible for production of the book. Asked what are
the main topics of the Holy Father's addresses, he responded:
"The topic of the unity of the human
family is a theme that is always present in the addresses. For the Holy Father, humanity is only one
family. In addition, there is religious liberty and peace. In regard to religious liberty, the Holy Father
has repeatedly pointed out the sad situations of countries in which Christians cannot freely profess their
own faith. 'There is a country in which Christian worship is absolutely prohibited and to possess a Bible
is an offense punishable by law,' he said in 1999.
On peace, John Paul II has underlined on many
occasions that it is not conceived as an absence of war, but as containing the good of the human community.
The Pope says: "God inscribes the moral law in the heart of man. God wants an existence based on justice.
God makes brothers of men called to form only one family. God is the inspirer of peace through the Holy
Spirit. However, it is also true that peace is the fruit of free wills, guided by reason toward the common
good that must be attained. ... War is not a fatality: peace is possible! It is possible because man has a
conscience and a heart. It is possible because God loves each one of us, as we are, to transform us and
make us grow."
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10 Jan 2003