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The Pope greets Diplomatic Corps at the Apostolic Palace in the Vatican

11/01/2016 - 00:00
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The Head of Delegation participated to Pope Francis' address to the Corps of Diplomats Accredited to the Holy See, during the course of his traditional exchange of New Year's greetings with the diplomats at the Apostolic Palace in the Vatican.

At the Apostolic Palace in the Vatican.

Pope Francis addressed the migration crisis and showed faith in Europe's capability of uniting and overcoming difficulties. He expressed his concern on the increasing individualistic trend of our societies, which are becoming indifferent to other people's sufferings, and encouraged solidarity with people living in extremely difficult conditions. In this context, he welcomed the first World Humanitarian Summit, convened by the UN for May 2016, as a tool for putting back the person and human dignity at the centre of humanitarian responses.

The Pope mentioned with preoccupation the plight of hunger and food waste, which leaves many individuals malnourished. In this context, Agenda 2030 was also mentioned as a fundamental tool to address some of the causes of migration.

On a positive note, the Pope welcomed the Iranian nuclear deal and the Paris Conference and expressed his appreciation for the positive developments in Cyprus, in Colombia and in the Central African Republic. Furthermore, the Pontiff welcomed 2016 as an opportunity to find peaceful solutions to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, the quagmire in Syria, Iraq, Libya and Yemen, and the conflict in eastern Ukraine.