JOHN PAUL II
Sunday, 8 July 2001
1. Today my thoughts are with those taking part in the
national meeting of Catholic associations which is taking place in Genoa, to
prepare for the impending meeting of government leaders. In this way they
wanted to fulfil the task I entrusted to young people at Tor Vergata: "You
will not be resigned", I said, "to a world where other human beings die of
hunger, remain illiterate and have no work. You will defend life at every
moment of its development; you will strive with all your strength to make
this earth ever more liveable for all people".
In fact, faith cannot leave Christians indifferent to such
issues of world importance. It incites them to challenge those responsible
for politics and economics with a purposeful spirit, asking that the present
process of globalization be firmly governed by the motive of the common good
of citizens across the world, based on the indispensable requirements of
justice and solidarity.
I would like to assure the leaders of government throughout the world and, in particular, those who will be meeting in Genoa, that the Church, along with people of good will, will do her utmost to ensure that the real winner in the process is going to be mankind. In fact, the common destination of earthly goods is a cornerstone of the Church's social teaching.
First of all, I ask Christians to pray particularly for
government leaders. I urge leaders to work together to build a world attuned
to the demands of justice and solidarity. Christians need a strong moral and
spiritual education, an in-depth knowledge of the Church's social doctrine
and great love for Jesus Christ, redeemer of every human being and of the
whole human person to be effective.
After leading the recitation of the Angelus, the Holy Father greeted the faithful in French, Spanish and Italian:
My cordial greetings to you, French-speaking pilgrims who have come to Rome in this summer period. I extend a special greeting to the young singers of Acadie. May you make this days of rest a time of spiritual renewal! I impart my Apostolic Blessing to you all.
I warmly greet the Spanish-speaking pilgrims, and especially the seminarians and young lay people of the Work of the Church. May God bless you, increase your hope and strengthen the vocation of each one, and may you witness in this way to supporting Christ and his Church.
I greet with affection the Italian-speaking pilgrims, and I extend a cordial thought to the Romans and Italians who have gone on holiday. I invite all who will be travelling to be very careful.
Tomorrow I am going away, to the Aosta Valley, to spend ten days in those beloved mountains. I will keep everyone in my prayers, and especially the sick and the lonely. I hope that each one may be able to enjoy a well-deserved rest during the summer, even those who cannot reasonably leave their cities and countries.
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