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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 2002.

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."


10 Jan 2003