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September 11 2017

The religions cannot desire anything less than peace, as they pray and serve, ever ready to help those hurt by life

and oppressed by history, ever concerned to combat indifference and to promote paths of communion

 
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... What we may not and must not do is remain indifferent, allowing tragedies of hatred to pass unnoticed, and men and women to be cast aside for the sake of power and profit.  Your meeting in these days, and your desire to blaze new paths of peace and for peace, can be seen as a response to the call to overcome indifference in the face of human suffering.  I thank you for this, and for the fact that you have gathered, despite your differences, to seek processes of liberation from the evils of war and hatred.  For this to happen, the first step is to feel the pain of others, to make it our own, neither overlooking it or becoming inured to it.  We must never grow accustomed or indifferent to evil.
 
Yet the question remains: What can be done to respond to such growing evil?  Is it not too strong?  Is every effort useless?  In the face of such questions, there is the risk of paralysis and resignation.  You, however, have embarked upon a journey, and today you gather to offer an answer.  Indeed, your very gathering represents a response of peace: no longer are some against others; now all stand beside one another.  The religions cannot desire anything less than peace, as they pray and serve, ever ready to help those hurt by life and oppressed by history, ever concerned to combat indifference and to promote paths of communion..

From the message of pope Francis to the international meeting Paths of Peace, September 10th, 2017