Pope Francis tells new ambassadors to be peacemakers
By Linda Bordoni
Acknowledging the variety of ways in which single nations contribute “to the common good not only of their citizens but of our entire human family,” Pope Francis on Thursday told newly accredited diplomats to the Holy See their role can help shine a light into the darkest corners of the world.
He was addressing the new Ambassadors of Belize, Bahamas, Thailand, Norway, Mongolia, Niger, Uganda and Sudan as they begin their mandates to liaise with the Vatican.
He noted that those present begin their new diplomatic roles at a time of increased violations of international law and what he has called “a third world war being fought piecemeal.”
Warning against the risk of becoming accustomed to longstanding conflicts in many parts of the world, the Pope said that “If peace is to have a chance and the poor the prospect of a better future (…) we are all called to show greater vigilance and respond to the call to be peacemakers in our time.”
He invited the diplomats to draw upon the “historical, intellectual, technological, artistic and cultural treasures, that are unique contributions of your particular peoples” and to offer their contributions to humanity.
Attentiveness to the most vulnerable
He invited them to be attentive to widespread situations affecting fundamental human rights: “the lack of universal access to drinking water, food or basic healthcare; the need for equitable access to education for those all too often excluded; as well as the opportunity for dignified work for all.”
He particularly mentioned the need to focus on the rights of “the sick, the disabled, and the young – especially girls – who are frequently given insufficient opportunities for realizing their potential, and all those from impoverished backgrounds at risk of being left behind, forgotten or even deliberately excluded from fully participating in their communities.”
Finally, the Pope invited the ambassadors to find “fresh and creative ways of promoting solidarity and social friendship,” and assured them of the cooperation and support of the Secretariat of State and of the Dicasteries and Offices of the Roman Curia.
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