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Meeting CEDAL Founder, Pope Thanks for Efforts to Defend Human Rights, Protect Earth

‘May our human history become a flowering of liberation, growth, salvation and love’

Pope Francis has underscored the importance of defending human rights and protecting the planet.

This afternoon, the Holy Father did so when meeting Madame Henryane de Chaponay, from Paris, founder of the Centre d’Étude du développement en Amérique latine (CEDAL).

In his brief address, he said he wished to “pay homage” to her efforts “in the service of peace, the defence of human rights, the protection of our earth and support for the growth of a more human and fraternal society.”

Before giving his blessing, the Pope stressed: “With the encyclical Laudato si’, with various messages, convoking the next Synod of Bishops on Amazonia, my hope is that our human history may become a flowering of liberation, growth, salvation and love.”

Here is a Vatican-provided translation of the Pope’s words:

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Madame, dear friends,

I am glad to welcome you this morning, to greet you and to pay homage to your effort in the service of peace, the defence of human rights, the protection of our earth and support for the growth of a more human and fraternal society.

Madame, I appreciate your mission as the founder of the Centre d’Étude du développement en Amérique latine (CEDAL). Your tireless creativity has borne fruit through the “Dialogues en humanité”, whose meetings are intended to refocus politics on humanity, to construct a citizenship that cares for the “common home”. It is good to inspire an art of living together in simplicity, benevolence, fraternity, as well as to educate in the culture of respect and encounter, the only one capable of building a future that rises up to the ideal of man.

With the encyclical Laudato si’, with various messages, convoking the next Synod of Bishops on Amazonia, my hope is that our human history may become a flowering of liberation, growth, salvation and love (cf. Encyclical Laudato si’, 79). As I express to you all my appreciation for your generosity and your dedication, I assure you of my prayer and I bless you from the heart.

[Original text: Italian]

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