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War, never a solution – Pope Francis

The last weekend meeting of the G20 may have ended but its echo has continued to vibrate with the Catholic Pontiff, Pope Francis reminding the G20 Summit participants in Hamburg, Germany, that war in any colouration is not a solution to conflicts, reports ITRealms.

He also made case for the people of South Sudan, the Lake Chad basin, the Horn of Africa and Yemen, where over 30 million are today lacking the food and water needed to survive.

A letter to the chairman of G20 and Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany, Mrs. Angela Merkel, and obtained by ITRealms, the Pontiff urged for unity to prevail over conflict.
In the history of humanity, he noted that nowadays too, presents man with a vast panorama of current and potential conflicts, war, however, is never a solution. 

His Holiness, Pope Francis also said that as the centenary anniversary of Pope Benedict XV’s Letter to the Leaders of the Warring Peoples draws near, he felt bound to ask that the world put an end to all these “useless slaughters”. 

The goal of the G20 and of other similar annual meetings, he said, is to resolve economic differences peacefully and to agree on common financial and trade rules to allow for the integral development of all, in order to implement the 2030 Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals.

He commended the world leaders on their efforts to ensure the governability and stability of the world economy, especially with regard to financial markets, trade, fiscal problems and, more generally, a more inclusive and sustainable global economic growth. 

“As is evident from the Summit’s programme, such efforts are inseparable from the need to address ongoing conflicts and the worldwide problem of migrations,” he said.

ITRealms recalls that Pope Francis had in Apostolic Exhortation Evangelii Gaudium, recently addressed to the Catholic faithful, proposed four principles of action for the building of fraternal, just and peaceful societies, namely “time is greater than space; unity prevails over conflict; realities are more important than ideas; and the whole is greater than the part.”

These lines of action, Pope Francis pointed out, are evidently part of the age-old wisdom of all humanity, thus he believed they could also serve as an aid to reflection for the Hamburg meeting and for the assessment of its outcome.

Finally, ITRealms reports, he prayed for God’s blessings upon the Hamburg meeting which held between July 7 and 8; on every effort of the international community to shape a new era of development that is innovative, interconnected, sustainable, and environmentally respectful and inclusive of all peoples and all individuals.

Chuks Egbune/GEE
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