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The Pope spoke against “soloists of war” at the presidental reception

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In the world in which we live, we must be witness the unfortunate demise of the choir singing the dream of peace, while the soloists of war make their way - said Pope Francis on Friday, emphasising the standing against the "war infantilism", and meeting with representatives of government authorities, social life, and the diplomatic corps at the Carmelite Monastery in Budapest.

Pope Francis emphasized that peace will never arise from pursuing strategic interests, but from policies that are capable of considering everyone’s interests, paying attention to people, the poor, and the future.

Quoting Robert Schuman, one of the founders of the European Union, he pointed out that world peace can only be preserved if we make creative efforts that are proportionate to the dangers that threaten it.

“In the current historical period, numerous dangers are lurking, but where are the creative efforts for peace?” – the Pope asked, referring to Ukraine. He also pointed out that in Europe, which comprises twenty-seven nations, there is a need for harmony, a unity that does not crush the parts and for parts that fit well into the whole. In this regard, he called the wording of the Hungarian Basic Law significant:

“We believe that individual freedom can only unfold in cooperation with others,” and “We believe that our national culture is a rich contribution to the diversity of European unity,” he quoted.

“I am thinking of a Europe that does not become a hostage to its parts and a victim of populism that refers to itself, nor does it become liquid or even gaseous, a representative of a kind of abstract supranationalism that ignores the lives of peoples. This is the low road of ideological colonization, which erases differences, such as so-called gender culture, or places narrow concepts of freedom as achievements before the reality of life, boasting of the right to abortion, for example. Instead, we need a Europe that is person- and human-centered, where effective birth and family policies are in place,” he said, praising Hungary’s carefully cultivated family policy.


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