said that the Holy See’s presence within international institutions
makes "a fundamental contribution to the respect of human rights and
the common good and, as a result, to true /freedom and justice."
between States and within States are just in so far as they respect the
truth,” he said. “When, however, the truth is offended, peace is
threatened and rule of law is compromised, then, as a logical
consequence, injustices arise."
The Holy Father
went on to say that these injustices “can adopt many faces,” citing for
example, “the face of disinterest or disorder, which can even go so far
as to damage the structure of that founding cell of society that is the
family; or perhaps the face of arrogance that can lead to abuse,
silencing those without a voice or without the strength to make
themselves heard, as happens in the case of today's gravest injustice,
that which suppresses nascent human life."
concluded his brief address telling the Vatican representatives that
through "difficulties and misunderstandings" they "participate
authoritatively in the prophetic responsibility of the Church, which
intends to continue to raise her voice in defense of mankind.”
This is true, he
said, “even when policies of States and the majority of public opinion
moves in the opposite direction. Truth, indeed, draws strength from
itself and not from the amount of consent it arouses."
the weekend, Pope Benedict XVI met with Vatican Secretary of State
Angelo Sodano, as well as a number of the Holy See’s representatives to
various international organizations. During the meeting, he praised the
Church’s role within these groups, stressing that relations between and
within states must respect the truth if they hope to attain true