Association for Defending Victims of Terrorism – Pope Francis gives his annual “state of the world” address in his greetings to the diplomatic corps accredited to the Holy See that takes place at the beginning of the year.
Pope Francis’s “state of the world” address highlighted critical issues of human and geopolitical concern across the world, hinging on the fact that we are one human family, inhabiting a common home and that, to be able to tackle the urgent problems of our time, we need to recover a sense of the profound unity of all reality.
Speaking to the Members of the Diplomatic Corps accredited to the Holy See, gathered in the Vatican for their yearly audience, the Pope reminded them that their overriding goal should be to help resolve disagreements and foster harmony.
As he always does during this important yearly speech, Pope Francis went on to mention some of the areas most affected by conflict, political division, the impact of climate change and poverty.
Pope Francis stressed the need to recover a “sense of shared identity as a single human family”, and decried what he sees as a crisis in multilateral diplomacy that leads to “the reduced credibility of social, governmental and intergovernmental systems.”
Calling for a multilateral diplomacy that is “truly inclusive, not canceling but cherishing the differences and sensibilities that have historically marked various peoples,” the Pope said that in this way “it will regain credibility and effectiveness in facing the challenges to come, which will require humanity to join together as one great family that, starting from different viewpoints, should prove capable of finding common solutions for the good of all.”