Washington D.C., May 20, 2021 / 15:20 pm
Charity is a necessary part of politics, Pope Francis told youth from around the world on Thursday.
“Politics are the highest form of charity. Love is a political matter. Love is for everybody, and when love is not universal, politics fail in their intent,” Pope Francis said, through a Vatican News language interpreter, on Thursday.
The pope attended an event with youth and staff from global chapters of the pontifical foundation Scholas Occurrentes on Thursday in Rome. He spoke to youth and teachers in-person, as well as Scholas chapters in the United States, Spain, and Australia through a live videoconference.
Pope Francis was asked by an audience member how young people who are pessimistic about corruption in politics could work for change.
“When people ask me what the political situation is like around the world, I always tell them, try and find where the various wars are taking place around the world, and you will see where politics is failing,” Pope Francis continued. “Harmony has been lost, the ability to discuss has been lost.”
Public officials must “be long-sighted,” he emphasized, and should seek “harmony” rather than self-interest.
“In order to understand whether politics is working, you are to ask yourself, ‘am I supporting wars? Am I selling weapons? Am I selling guns?’ And if the answer is ‘yes,’ then we will know where the truth lies,” he said through an interpreter.
Pope Francis addressed youth in Valencia, Spain; Chaco, Argentina; Sydney, Australia; and Washington, D.C. via a live teleconference, including new Scholas Occurrentes communities in Sydney and Washington, D.C.