Benedict XVI asks for worldwide solidarity to alleviate suffering
Pope Benedict XVI renewed the Church's call for a worldwide solidarity as a challenge to alleviate the suffering of its people and asked for a more equitable sharing of the riches of the planet.
After receiving the credentials of seven new ambassadors to the Holy See, including the first ever representative from the Republic of Azerbaijan, reports the Catholic News Agency, the Pope addressed them and said that in order to help our brothers and sisters, "We have to face the first of these challenges: that of solidarity between generations, solidarity between countries and between continents, for a more equitable sharing among all men of the riches of the planet".
"It is one of the basic services that men of good will must give to mankind. The earth has, in fact, the capacity to feed all its inhabitants, on the condition that rich countries do not keep for themselves what belongs to everyone", he pointed out.
According to the Holy Father, "Our world is faced with many challenges that it must surmount so that man will always be more important than technology, and the just destiny of peoples is the main concern of those who have accepted to administer public affairs, not for themselves, but for the common good. Our heart cannot be in peace when we see our brothers suffer for lack of food, work, housing or other fundamental goods."
"The Church," said the Pope, "will never cease to remind people that all men must be attentive to a human fraternity made of concrete gestures, at the level of individuals as well as at the level of governments and international institutions."
The Holy Father renewed the Church's commitment "to come to the aid of populations, with the support of local communities and all men and women of good will, especially in the fields of education, health care and basic goods."
After welcoming the diplomats in French, Pope Benedict handed each one of them a written message regarding the civil and religious situation of their respective countries. The new ambassadors are: Elchin Oktyabar oglu Amirbayov of Azerbaijan; El Hadj Aboubacar Dione of Guinea; Antonio Ganado of Malta, Geoffrey Kenyon Ward of New Zealand; Joseph Bonesha of Rwanda, Jean-Francois Kammer of Switzerland and David Douglas Hamadziripi of Zimbabwe.
The Pope said that, through the diplomats, he wished to address the peoples of their countries, saying, "I am close to them and pray for them. I invite them to commit themselves to fashion an ever more fraternal civilization, with renewed attention to everyone, especially the poorest people and those excluded from society."
Benedict XVI asks for worldwide solidarity to alleviate human suffering (Catholic News Agency 16/6/05)
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17 Jun 2005