The pope asked for more "multilateralism" and less "ideological colonization"

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This Monday, Pope Francis received the diplomatic corps accredited to the Holy See for the omens of the new year, and expressed a series of wishes and objectives that according to him should be part of the task of the world’s governments to better face 2022, that “presents itself defiantly.” The ambassadors were received in the Blessing Hall of the Apostolic Palace. Currently there are 183 countries that maintain diplomatic relations with the Vatican.

In his speech, Francisco not only emphasized issues that he has already underlined in his messages, such as the need for anticovid vaccines for all and the importance of helping migrants, but he also called on governments to regain respect for “multilateralism” in organizations international organizations and being against “ideological colonization”, fostering a “culture of dialogue and fraternity” through education and work. He also recalled the negative effects of “climate change” on populations around the world, mentioning the recent meeting on this issue was held in Glasgow. And almost at the end he referred to the nuclear weapons that many countries still possess.

According to the pope, “to help put aside the disagreements of human coexistence” and “promote harmony” in the world are the objectives of diplomacy. “These days we see how the fight against the pandemic still requires a remarkable effort on the part of all (…). The coronavirus continues to create social isolation and reaping victims, ”he said. That is why the Pope insisted on the need for everyone to have access to “essential medical treatments and vaccines” to immunize the world’s population as much as possible. “This requires a multiple commitment at the personal, political and international community level,” he stressed.

Francisco called on governments and private entities to show “a sense of responsibility, developing a coordinated response at all levels (local, national, regional and global), through new models of solidarity.” In this sense, he highlighted the work that the countries of the WHO (World Health Organization) are doing to create an international instrument for preparing and responding to pandemics, but he also asked the World Trade Organization and the World Intellectual Property Organization that “adapt their legal instruments so that monopoly rules do not constitute further obstacles to production and access to treatments worldwide.” In these words, the pope was referring to the property rights of pharmaceutical companies over vaccine formulas, thus preventing their manufacture and dissemination by other entities.

Countries in conflict and weapons

Francis also recalled the difficult situation in many countries due to persistent conflicts – among them Syria, Yemen, Libya, Lebanon, Sudan, Ethiopia, the differences between Palestine and Israel, Ukraine, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Myanmar – where it is necessary to “find the way of reconciliation and peace through a sincere debate that puts the demands of the population first. And referring to America, he said that “deep inequalities, injustices and endemic corruption, as well as the various forms of poverty that offend the dignity of people, also continue to fuel social conflicts in the American continent, where polarization increasingly strong does not help to solve the real and urgent problems of citizens, especially the poorest and most vulnerable ”.

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In this context, he could not avoid mentioning the weapons, to whose manufacture he has already dedicated other sentences of condemnation in different messages. But now he referred to “nuclear weapons that” are of particular concern “and which the Holy See considers instruments” inappropriate to respond to security threats in the 21st century “and their possession as” immoral “. Its manufacture diverts resources that could be used for “integral human development” and its use, “in addition to producing catastrophic humanitarian and environmental consequences, threatens the very existence of humanity,” said Francisco.

Education and work

Recalling his message for the World Day of Peace that is celebrated on January 1, Pope Francis emphasized before diplomats the importance of “fostering the culture of dialogue and fraternity” with the education through which generations are formed. future “that are the hope of the world.” “Education generates culture and builds bridges of encounter between peoples,” he also said, recalling that lately few resources are allocated to education. He also warned about the risks that the misuse of certain technologies such as the Internet can mean, which can alienate young people from others and from the reality that surrounds them, altering social relationships. Francisco knows that these risks are being run now more than ever with the pandemic and the obligation of young students to stay at home, following the lessons only online for months.

The Pope recalled that the Catholic Church has always valued the role of education in spiritual growth. But he could not help but also say that it was very painful for him to verify that in different educational environments such as parishes and schools, there have been “abuses of minors, with serious psychological and spiritual consequences for the people who have suffered them. They are crimes on which there must be a firm will to clarify, examining individual cases to determine responsibilities, bring justice to the victims and prevent such atrocities from being repeated in the future, “he said.

Finally, he referred to work, an “essential factor to build and maintain peace,” he said, declaring himself aware of the economic problems created for families by the pandemic and the psychological anguish unleashed by all this. “The awareness of the value of work acquires an additional importance, since there can be no economic development without work, nor can it be thought that modern technologies can replace the added value that human work provides (…). Therefore, also in this field, greater cooperation between all actors at the local, national, regional and global levels is necessary, especially in the coming period, with the challenges posed by the desired ecological reconversion ”, he concluded. According to the Pope, the next few years “will be an opportunity to develop new services and companies, adapt existing ones, increase access to decent work and work for the respect of human rights and adequate levels of remuneration and social protection.”


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