Pope Francis greets the crowd during his general audience in Paul VI hall at the Vatican Nov. 30. CNS photo/Paul Haring

Dialogue, common good can heal nation wracked by fear, Pope tells French politicians

By  Carol Glatz, Catholic News Service
  • November 30, 2016

VATICAN CITY – In a world filled with frustration and fear, seeking the common good is more important than ever, Pope Francis told French politicians.

Before leading his general audience Nov. 30, the Pope met privately with French political representatives, who were taking part in a pilgrimage to Rome. The officials came from the southeastern Rhone-Alpes region.

As French citizens prepare for presidential elections starting in April, the Pope supported the bishops' call for rediscovering the true meaning of political life.

Given "the current international climate, marked by frustrations and fears, intensified by attacks and blind violence that deeply lacerated your country, it is even more important to seek and develop the meaning of the common good" and what is in the general interest, he said.

France, whose foundations are liberty, equality and fraternity, the Pope said, is full of potential and its diversity should be seen as an opportunity.

"A true debate about values and guiding (principles) recognized as common to all is at stake," he said.

Christians are called to take part in that debate together with believers of every religion and all people of goodwill, even non-believers, in regard to building a better world, he said.

Seeking the common good, he said, requires listening, especially to those in precarious living situations and migrants who have fled their homes because of war, poverty or violence.

"That way, in carrying out your duties, you can contribute to a society that is more just and human, a welcoming and fraternal society," he said.

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Prayer heals. Dialogue prepares a way to our hearts.

Dr.Cajetan Coelho
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common welfare???????? maybe I have not learned exactly what that means just yet!!!!!

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