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"I thank you for this initiative, by which you wish to offer a concrete testimony to help the most vulnerable be accepted and included, and thus to make our world a 'common home'”.
Pope Francis to the Forum Assembly
Message of Pope Francis
to the Forum
Dear friends, the Church and the Pope need your work, your commitment and your witness at the frontiers of the international community...Move forward with courage and ever-renewed hope.
Pope emeritus Benedict XVI
To the Forum
What is needed, in fact, is a spirit of solidarity conducive for promoting as a body those ethical principles which, by their very nature and their role as the basis of social life, remain non-negotiable.
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Allen Ottaro, Catholic Youth Network for Environ. Sustainability in Africa
Rebecca Oas, Center for Family and Human Rights
John Lyon, World Union of Catholic Teachers
Phillipe Richard, International Office of Catholic Education
Lavinia Rocchi Carrera, World Union of Catholic Women's Organizations
Nicola Speranza, Federation of Catholic Family Associations in Europe
Renato Cursi, Don Bosco International
Giulia Amerio, Associazione Comunità Papa Giovanni XXIII
Theresa Okafor, Foundation for African Cultural Heritage
Gregor Puppinck, European Center for Law and Justice
Cecilia Nicoletti, Caritas Internationalis
Msgr. Robert Vitillo, International Catholic Migration Commission
New solutions are “to be found together in the light of an integral vision of man, reflecting the different aspects of the human person, contemplated through a lens purified by charity”
(Caritas in Veritate, 32).
“Discovering that they are loved by God, people come to understand their own transcendent dignity, they learn not to be satisfied with only themselves but to encounter their neighbour in a network of relationships that are ever more authentically human.
Men and women who are made ‘new’ by the love of God are able to change the rules and the quality of relationships, transforming even social structures.
They are people capable of bringing peace where there is conflict, of building and nurturing fraternal relationships where there is hatred, of seeking justice where there prevails the exploitation of man by man.”
Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Catholic Church, 4.