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“We need a respectful, mutual listening, free of ideology and predetermined agendas.” Pope Francis, Let us Dream, December 2020

Pope urges Catholic groups to work together to defend human dignity

Pope Francis encouraged a wide variety Catholic organisations to work together to defend human dignity and promote the full integral development of all people.

“I encourage you to work always in a spirit of communion and cooperation with other Catholic NGOs and with the representatives of the Holy See as an expression of the Church’s commitment to the building of a more just and fraternal world,” he said on 13th December in remarks to delegates taking part in the 2017 Forum of “Catholic-inspired Non-Governmental Organisations” meeting in Rome.

“I express my deep appreciation for your efforts to bring the light of the Gospel to the various peripheries of our world in order to defend human dignity, to promote the integral development of peoples and to meet the material and spiritual needs of so many members of our human family,” he said in remarks at the end of his general audience talk.

The forum, held from 11th to 13th December, looked at how Catholic-inspired organisations, including Catholic schools, can better protect and promote the human person in a rapidly changing world.

Picture: Pope Francis meets with participants in a forum of Catholic-inspired non governmental organisations on 13th December. Pope Francis urged forum participants, who represented some 100 Catholic organisations, to work together to defend human dignity and promote development. (CNS photo/L├ĽOsservatore Romano).