Populorum Progressio 73: Service To The World

73. Sincere dialogue between cultures, as between individuals, paves the way for ties of (communion).

This rather parallels the discussion we are having in Fratelli Tutti. Not only do we have the opportunity for drawing overlooked peoples into the discussion, but also looking to cultural enrichment from those outside the majority expressions in a nation or in the world.

Plans proposed for (human) betterment will unite all nations in the joint effort to be undertaken, if every citizen—be (they) a government leader, a public official, or a simple (worker)—is motivated by (familial) love and is truly anxious to build one universal human civilization that spans the globe. Then we shall see the start of a dialogue on (humankind) rather than on the products of the soil or of technology.

Leaders and officials are too often motivated by personal benefit. Workers and others sidelined by the greed and corruption of others. Really, for a nation or culture to have long-term stability, this must stop.

This dialogue will be fruitful if it shows the participants how to make economic progress and how to achieve spiritual growth as well; if the technicians take the role of teachers and educators; if the training provided is characterized by a concern for spiritual and moral values, so that it ensures human betterment as well as economic growth. Then the bonds of solidarity will endure, even when the aid programs are past and gone. It is not plain to all that closer ties of this sort will contribute immeasurably to the preservation of world peace?

This encyclical letter is © Copyright – Libreria Editrice Vaticana, and can be found in its entirety at this link.

The image is of Lady Justice at the Central Criminal Court of London.

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Todd lives in Minnesota, serving a Catholic parish as a lay minister.
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