Archbishop Mamberti Addresses INTERPOL General Assembly

Prelate Speaks on the Struggle to End Violence

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VATICAN CITY, Nov. 6, 2012 ( On Monday, Secretary for Relations with States Archbishop Dominique Mamberti addressed the eighty-first session of the general assembly of the International Criminal Police Organisation (INTERPOL), which is currently being held in Rome on the theme: «Challenges for police facing contemporary criminal violence».

Archbishop Mamberti noted that «crime has undergone a substantial increase, both in quantitative terms and as regards the use of violence. The characteristics of criminal activity have evolved in a worrying fashion, as the aggression and atrocity of incidents has augmented dangerously. Furthermore, criminal activities have now assumed a planetary scale, with systems of coordination and criminal pacts which traverse national frontiers.»

«The struggle against all forms of violence,» the archbishop continued, «especially in its most brutal forms, presupposes a moral duty to help create the conditions necessary to ensure violence does not arise and develop. People who work with the forces of law and order, and the police organizations you represent, are well aware that the most effective antibody to any form of criminality is a country’s citizens. Alliance and solidarity between citizens and police is the strongest bastion against criminality.»

Removing «factors which give rise to and nourish situations of injustice,» Archbishop Mamberti continued, will help establish a society that is ordered toward the common good. «In this field a primary and preventative role belongs to education inspired by respect for human life in all circumstances. Without this, it is not in fact possible to create a strong social fabric, united in its fundamental values and able to resist the provocation of extreme violence.

«In this context,» he went on, «the most important place in which human beings are formed is the family. There, children experience the value of their own transcendent dignity, as they are accepted gratuitously on the basis of the stable and reciprocal love of their parents. There they experience the first forms of justice and forgiveness, which cements family relationships and acts as a foundation for the correct insertion into social life.»

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