violence, rather than providing solutions, create
new and more serious conflicts. Some simply
content themselves with blaming the poor and
the poorer countries themselves for their trou-
bles; indulging in unwarranted generalizations,
they claim that the solution is an “education”
that would tranquilize them, making them tame
and harmless. All this becomes even more exas-
perating for the marginalized in the light of the
widespread and deeply rooted corruption found
in many countries – in their governments, busi-
nesses and institutions – whatever the political
ideology of their leaders.
Some cultural challenges
61. We also evangelize when we attempt to
confront the various challenges which can arise.
On occasion these may take the form of veritable
attacks on religious freedom or new persecutions
directed against Christians; in some countries
these have reached alarming levels of hatred and
violence. In many places, the problem is more
that of widespread indifference and relativism,
linked to disillusionment and the crisis of ideol-
ogies which has come about as a reaction to any-
thing which might appear totalitarian. This not
only harms the Church but the fabric of society
as a whole. We should recognize how in a cul-
ture where each person wants to be bearer of his
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