Vatican City, Jun 15, 2005 / 22:00 pm
Pope Benedict XVI renewed the Church’s call for a worldwide solidarity as a challenge to alleviate the suffering of its people and asked for a mor equitable sharing of the riches of hte planet.
After receiving the credentials of seven new ambassadors to the Holy See, including the first ever representative from the Republic of Azerbaijan, the Pope addressed them and said that in order to help our brothers and sisters, "We have to face the first of these challenges: that of solidarity between generations, solidarity between countries and between continents, for a more equitable sharing among all men of the riches of the planet”.
“It is one of the basic services that men of good will must give to mankind. The earth has, in fact, the capacity to feed all its inhabitants, on the condition that rich countries do not keep for themselves what belongs to everyone”, he pointed out.
According to the Holy Father, “Our world is faced with many challenges that it must surmount so that man will always be more important than technology, and the just destiny of peoples is the main concern of those who have accepted to administer public affairs, not for themselves, but for the common good. Our heart cannot be in peace when we see our brothers suffer for lack of food, work, housing or other fundamental goods."