Pope and NGOs share passion for human dignity

Pope Benedict has said the Holy See and Catholic nongovernmental organisations (NGOs) share the same passion to promote human dignity.

Zenit News Agency reports that a three day forum was held between the Holy Father and 85 NGOs to discuss the best way to cooperate on topics of global importance.

Addressing the forum, the Pope quoted from his first encyclical Deus Caritas Est, to explain the role of diplomacy of the Church and how the laity can take part in that mission.

"We have in common a passion for promoting human dignity. This same passion has constantly inspired the activity of the Holy See in the international community," the Pope said.

"For the most part, the Holy See strives to reaffirm the great fundamental principles of international life.

"Since the Church's specific contribution consists in helping to form consciences in political life and to stimulate greater insight into the authentic requirements of justice," he said.

Pope Benedict continued by saying it is the "direct duty" of the faithful to work towards a just world.

"In the context of international life this includes Christian diplomats and members of nongovernmental organisations who are called to take part in public life in a personal capacity," he said.

"What is needed is a spirit of solidarity conducive for promoting as a body those ethical principles which, by their very nature and their role as the basis of social life, remain non-negotiable."

Holy See and NGOs Discuss Common Passion (Zenit, 02/12/07)
Counter Relativism with Fundamental Truths (Vatican Information Service, 01/12/07)

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4 Dec 2007