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Pope, in book preface, reflects on democracy

July 09, 2024

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CWN Editor's Note: Pope Francis has written a preface to Al cuore della democrazia [At the Heart of Democracy], an anthology of the Pope’s texts on democracy.

“It is in the word ‘participate’ that we find the authentic sense of what democracy is, of what it means to go to the heart of a democratic system,” the Pope wrote in his preface. “In a statist or dirigiste regime, no one participates; everyone watches, passive.”

“Democracy, on the other hand, demands participation, demands putting in one’s own effort, risking confrontation, bringing one’s own ideals, one’s own reasons, into the question,” he continued. “Taking risks. But risk is the fertile soil in which freedom germinates.”

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