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Pope encourages French politicians to serve common good

November 30, 2016

Speaking on November 30 to a group of French political leaders, Pope Francis said that Christians should cooperation “with believers of all religions, and all men of good will, even non-believers, in order to promote the building of a better world.”

The Pope remarked that in France today, there is great potential for growth, “provided that the republican values of liberty, equality, and fraternity are not just bandied about in an illusory manner, but are explored and understood in relation to their true foundation, which is transcendent.”

“In the current international context, marked by frustrations and fears, and heightened by the attacks and blind violence that have so deeply torn your country, it is all the more important to try and develop a sense of the common good and the public interest,” the Pope said.

Political leaders, he added, should be especially mindful of people in need, “without forgetting those immigrants who have fled their countries because of war, poverty, and violence.”

 
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