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sábado, 23 de março de 2013

POPE TO DIPLOMATIC CORPS: AS PONTIFF, I HOPE THAT DIALOGUE WILL LEAD US TO “BUILD BRIDGES” BETWEEN PERSONS

Vatican City, 22 March 2013 (VIS) – “Through you I encounter your peoples, and thus in a sense I can reach out to every one of your fellow citizens, with their joys, their troubles, their expectations, their desires,”said the Holy Father this morning to members of the diplomatic corps accredited to the Holy See whom he received in audience in the Sala Regia of the Vatican Apostolic Palace.

Currently, 180 States maintain full diplomatic relations with the Holy See, to which number are also added the European Union, the Sovereign Military Order of Malta, and a mission of a special nature: the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), which is headed by a director. The most recent State to establish diplomatic relations with the Holy See, at the level of an Apostolic Nunciature, was the Republic of South Sudan on 22 February of this year.

Speaking in Italian, the Pope first greeted the dean of the diplomatic corps, Jean-Claude Michel of the Principality of Monaco, and then stated that the relations that so many nations maintain with the Holy See“are truly a source of benefit to mankind. That, indeed, is what matters to the Holy See: the good of every person upon this earth! And it is with this understanding that the Bishop of Rome embarks upon his ministry, in the knowledge that he can count on the friendship and affection of the countries you represent, and in the certainty that you share this objective. At the same time, I hope that it will also be an opportunity to begin a journey with those few countries that do not yet have diplomatic relations with the Holy See, some of which were present at the Mass for the beginning of my ministry, or sent messages as a sign of their closeness—for which I am truly grateful.”READ...