ARTISANS OF PEACE. THE PASSION TO CONCILIATE
H.Em. Card. Dieudonné Nzapalainga, Archbishop of Bangui, Central Africa; H.E. Msgr. Paolo Pezzi, Metropolitan Archbishop of the Mother of God in Moscow; H.B. Pierbattista Pizzaballa, Patriarch of Jerusalem of the Latins. Introduced by Bernhard Scholz, President of the Meeting for Friendship among Peoples Foundation.
The war in Ukraine made us realise that the peace enjoyed by Europe after 1945 was not to be taken for granted. In recent years we have too often forgotten about the wars and the many conflicts in other parts of the world. In Africa and the Middle East many people live under political oppression, suffer poverty, risk persecution and are killed for ethnic reasons. The Church has always been committed to overcoming conflict and violence, trying to foster dialogue and forgiveness. Now more than ever it is paramount to express this passion to reconcile even in situations that seem unresolvable in order to support all those who want to build peace, starting from their own lives.