Pope/World day of peace.Rome--Dialogue between cultures is "a privileged means for building the civilization of love," Pope John Paul II Pope John Paul II (Latin: Ioannes Paulus PP. II, Italian: Giovanni Paolo II, Polish: Jan Paweł II) born said in his message for the Jan. 1, 2001, World Day of Peace. But, he said, "dialogue in fact is often difficult because it is weighed down by the tragic heritage of war, conflict, violence and hatred which lives on in people's memory.
To bridge this barrier, the pope insisted that "the path to take is the path of forgiveness Forgiveness
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Bishop of Digne and reconciliation." However, he continued, many people "maintain that this is a utopian and naive path," though "from the Christian point of view it is the only path which leads to the goal of peace." The Pope said that "even now, sad to say, in different parts of the word we are witnessing with growing alarm the aggressive claims of some cultures against others. In the long run, this situation can end in disastrous tensions and conflicts."
He wrote, "The alarming increase of arms, together with the halting halt·ing
1. Hesitant or wavering: a halting voice.
2. Imperfect; defective: halting verse.
3. Limping; lame. progress of commitment to nuclear non-proliferation, runs the risk of feeding and expanding a culture of competition and conflict." Still, he said, just as individuals "come to maturity through receptive receptive /re·cep·tive/ (re-cep´tiv) capable of receiving or of responding to a stimulus. openness to others and through generous self-giving to them," so do cultures.
He said that "to build the civilization of love, dialogue between cultures must work to overcome all ethnocentric eth·no·cen·trism
1. Belief in the superiority of one's own ethnic group.
2. Overriding concern with race.
eth selfishness self·ish
1. Concerned chiefly or only with oneself: "Selfish men were . . . trying to make capital for themselves out of the sacred cause of human rights" Maria Weston Chapman. and make it possible to combine regard for one's own identity with understanding of others and respect for diversity." He explored in some detail how a necessary love for one's s own culture can be harmonized har·mo·nize
v. har·mo·nized, har·mo·niz·ing, har·mo·niz·es
1. To bring or come into agreement or harmony. See Synonyms at agree.
2. Music To provide harmony for (a melody). with openness to other cultures. The dialogue he called for "protects the distinctiveness of cultures as historical and creative expressions of the underlying unity of the human family," while sustaining "understanding and communion between them.
The Pope discussed the situation of migrants in today's world and the attitude individual cultures should take toward them. He stressed the importance of respect for life, of education, of solidarity, and of justice to the cause of peace among other points.