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Three Attitudes Pope Puts Forward to Marxists and Christians in the Vatican

For some reason the Vatican news portal wanted to show that on Wednesday morning, January 10, Pope Francis received Marxists in a special audience.

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(ZENIT News / Vatican City, 10.01.2024).- For some reason the Vatican news portal wanted to show that on Wednesday morning, January 10, Pope Francis received Marxists in a special audience. The Holy See Press Office was less effusive on the ideological options of those that attended the meeting with the Ponti, and reflected that Pope Francis received a delegation of the Transversal Dialogue Project (DIALOP), a group that brings together Christians and “Marxists” that work for the common good.


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After welcoming them and acknowledging, in fact, that it was a group of Socialists/Marxists and Christians, the Holy Father pointed out: “A Latin American writer once wrote that people have two eyes, one of flesh and one of glass. With the first, they see what they look at; with the other, what they dream of. Never lose the ability to dream! Today, in a world divided by war and polarization, we run the risk of losing the ability to dream. We Argentines say, “no te arrugues”, meaning “don’t back off.” This is my invitation to you as well: Don’t back off, don’t give up, and don’t stop dreaming of a better world. For it is in imagination, the ability to dream, that intelligence, intuition, experience and historical memory come together to make us be creative, take chances and run risks. How many times over the years have great dreams of freedom and equality, dignity and fraternity, reflecting God’s own dream, produced breakthroughs and progress. With this in mind, I would like to commend to you three attitudes that I consider helpful for your efforts: the courage to break the mould, concern for the less fortunate and support for the rule of law.”

The three attitudes the Pope put forward are:

First, to have the courage to break the mould, to be open, in dialogue, to new ways. At a time marked by conflicts and divisions at various levels, let us not lose sight of what can still be done to turn the tide. Instead of rigid approaches that divide, let us cultivate, with open hearts, discussion and listening. And not exclude anyone at the political, social or religious level, so that the contribution of each can, in its concrete distinctiveness, receive a positive reception in the processes of change to which our future is linked.


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Second, concern for the less fortunate. The measure of a civilization can be seen by how the most vulnerable are treated — let us not forget how the great dictatorships, we think of Nazism, discarded and killed those who were most vulnerable –: the poor, the unemployed, the homeless, immigrants, the exploited, and all those whom the culture of waste turns into refuse. This is one of the most terrible things. A politics that is truly at the service of humanity cannot let itself be dictated to by finance and market mechanisms. Solidarity is not only a moral virtue, but also a requirement of justice, which calls for correcting the distortions and purifying the intentions of unjust systems, not least through radical changes of perspective in the sharing of challenges and resources among individuals and among peoples. That is why I like to call those engaged in this field “social poets,” for poetry is about creativity, and here it is a question of putting creativity at the service of society, in order to make it ever more humane and fraternal. Do not be afraid of poetry, poetry and creativity. Let us not forget this ability to dream.


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Finally, the rule of law. Everything said thus far calls for commitment to combating the scourge of corruption, abuses of power and lack of respect for law. It is only in honesty and integrity that healthy relationships can be established and that we can cooperate confidently and effectively in building a better future.

Then the Pontiff thanked DIALOP for its “commitment to dialogue”: “There is always a great need for dialogue, so do not be afraid! I pray for you and I ask that you be granted wisdom and courage in your work for a more just and peaceful world.” And he exhorted them”: “May the Gospel of Jesus Christ always inspire and enlighten your efforts and activity.”



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