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Redirecting our steps

· Secretary of State on the Church and for the world in Laudato Si' ·

“ An authentic ethics of international relations” is necessary, one that is genuinely capable of facing up to political, social and environmental issues, revealed in Laudato Si'. Secretary of State, Cardinal Pietro Parolin, spoke about this on Thursday, afternoon, 2 July, in Rome: “People and Planet First: The Imperative to Change Course”.

The Cardinal underlined that the Pontiff expressly stated that the encyclical is for “every person living on this planet... [inviting them] to enter into dialogue with all people about our common home”. The Secretary of State therefore aimed to bring out the strong sense of shared responsibility that emerges from every page of the document and, by structuring its intervention on three levels of reflection – international, national and local sphere, and the sphere of the Catholic Church – has identified two “pressing requirements” raised by Pope Francis: the need to “redirect our steps” and promoting a “culture of care”.

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