Tourism not for hedonism, says Pope
In his message for World Tourism Day, the Pope says that tourism should promote human dignity rather than encourage hedonism.
The Pope particularly denounced the sort of vacation arrangements in which wealthy tourists travel to an impoverished country and make their own comfortable accommodations there, closing themselves within an "island of happiness" in a land of need. "It is not possible," the Pope said, "to remain indifferent and insensitive amidst poverty and underdevelopment."
A truly Christian approach to tourism, the Pope remarked, would be quite different. The sensitive traveller would notice the needs of the people in the lands he visits, and seek to provide for them. The Pontiff said: "Travels allows us to come to know different places and their circumstances, so that we realise how great the gap is between the rich countries and the poor countries."
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27 Jun 2003