Pope: World needs nonviolent responses to social, political problems
Rejecting violence as a way to solve problems is not a sign of weakness, but rather requires courage and honesty, Pope Francis told diplomats.
The path of nonviolence in politics and society “is the path to pursue now and in the future,” he said.
“This is the way of peace,” he added. And “not a peace proclaimed by words but in fact denied by pursuing strategies of domination, backed up by scandalous outlays for arms, while so many people lack the very necessities of life.”
The pope’s comments came on 15th December in a speech to six new ambassadors to the Vatican who were presenting their letters of credential to the pope. The ambassadors represented the nations of Sweden, Fiji, Moldova, Mauritius, Tunisia and Burundi.
Speaking to the group of diplomats, the pope dedicated his talk to nonviolence as a “style of politics for peace” – the subject of his message for the World Day of Peace.Tags: political nonviolent, Pope, Pope Francis, social