LETTER OF CARD. AGOSTINO
8 March 1983
On the occasion of the Seventh Conference of the Heads of State or Government of the Non-Aligned Countries, to be held at New Delhi, I am honoured to transmit the cordial greetings of His Holiness Pope John Paul II to Your Excellency and, through your good offices, to the other participants in the Conference.
His Holiness gives close attention to every initiative that is directed to the attainment and consolidation of the well-being of humanity and the promotion of peace and international cooperation founded on justice and respect for human rights. In this regard, he wishes to express to the participants his heartfelt best wishes for the success of this Meeting high holds particular significance because of the high rank of the participants and because they represent such a large portion of the world’s population.
The Holy Father follows the activities of the Conference closely, as it proposes to examine, in the context of the present world situation, possible solutions to the underlying causes of the pressing and sometimes dramatic tensions that threaten international peace. He hopes that your Meeting may achieve its lofty objective and that it may mark an effective step forward in overcoming the deep and serious divisions existing between nations and blocks of nations, with consequent turmoil for the world community; May the serene and responsible examination of these important questions — especially those problems that have an immediate effect on the lives of the peoples represented here — strengthen the commitment of the participating countries to an open and trusting dialogue of peace, with the contribution of all, in full respect for the sovereign rights of each people.
His Holiness places these hopes in the hands of Almighty God, the giver of true peace, that he may enlighten and sustain the courageous efforts of those who bear the enormous responsibility of guiding the destiny of the nations.
With the assurance of my highest consideration, I remain
AGOSTINO Card. CASAROLI
*L’Osservatore Romano, 9.3.1983 p.2.