facebook
twitter
rss
account
search
search
 

Pope asks diplomats to create culture of dialogue, respect

Jan. 13, 2014 at 5:09 PM   |   Comments

| License Photo
VATICAN CITY, Jan. 13 (UPI) -- Pope Francis cited dialogue, diplomacy and respect for human dignity as keys to resolving conflict in his address to ambassadors to the Holy See Monday.

The 180 ambassadors to the Vatican gathered for a traditional New Year greeting by the Pope to the diplomatic corps.

Speaking in Italian, the Pope expressed hope the crisis in Syria will end and the next week's scheduled conference in Geneva, Switzerland, will mark the beginning of the peace process, and praised neighboring countries that have welcomed Syrian refugees, Vatican Radio reported.

He urged that "the moral force of law" must prevail over "the material force of arms," using the same words his predecessor, Pope Benedict XV, used in 1914 at the start of World War I.

The Pope added the Catholic Church would continue to work for reconciliation and peace in the Central African Republic, and called on all parties to seek reconciliation on the Korean peninsula, noting with concern the "growing attitudes of prejudice, for allegedly religious reasons...that deprive Christians of their liberties and jeopardize civil coexistence."

© 2014 United Press International, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Any reproduction, republication, redistribution and/or modification of any UPI content is expressly prohibited without UPI's prior written consent.
Most Popular
1
Poland buys medium-range missiles from U.S. Poland buys medium-range missiles from U.S.
2
Great white shark circling surfers photographed by drone Great white shark circling surfers photographed by drone
3
Watch: News anchor resigns live on-air to sell pot, '[Expletive] it, I quit' Watch: News anchor resigns live on-air to sell pot, '[Expletive] it, I quit'
4
Rutgers sophomore Caitlyn Kovacs dead after visit to Delta Kappa Epsilon frat house Rutgers sophomore Caitlyn Kovacs dead after visit to Delta Kappa Epsilon frat house
5
Cop-killer suspect Eric Frein possibly spotted, in standoff Cop-killer suspect Eric Frein possibly spotted, in standoff
Trending News
Video
x
Feedback