In his annual meeting with the diplomatic corps, Pope Francis spoke to ambassadors about the importance of fostering peace through the use of dialogue, diplomacy and respect for human dignity.
“Everywhere, the way to resolve open questions must be that of diplomacy and dialogue,” the Pope told those gathered for the Jan. 12 encounter.
Extending his greetings to the 180 ambassadors accredited to the Holy See, the Pope began his discourse by recalling the theme of his message for the World Day of Peace, “fraternity as the foundation and pathway to peace.”
It is necessary, he continued, quoting his message for the World Day of Peace, “to consider others in their deepest dignity, so that unity will prevail over conflict and it will be ‘possible to build communion amid disagreement.’”
Concluding his remarks, the Pope quoted his predecessor Pope Paul VI, stressing that “peace ‘is not simply the absence of warfare, based on a precarious balance of power.’”
“It is fashioned by efforts directed day after day towards the establishment of an order willed by God, with a more perfect justice among men and women.”
Pope Francis assured the ambassadors of the “readiness of the Holy See, and of the Secretariat of State in particular,” to cooperate with their countries in “fostering those bonds of fraternity,” and gave his blessing to them, their families and to those whom the diplomats represent.