24/03/2021 EN

Video message of the Holy Father – First International Day of the Human Fraternity – Roma 2021

Presented by: UNISERVITATE

Somos hermanos y hermanas, nacidos de un mismo Padre. Con diferentes culturas y tradiciones, pero hermanos y hermanas todos. Y es en el respeto de nuestras diferentes culturas y tradiciones, de nuestras diferentes ciudadanías, que esta fraternidad debe construirse. No negociando.

Es el momento de escuchar. Es el momento de una sincera aceptación. Es el momento de tener la certeza de que un mundo sin hermanos y hermanas es un mundo de enemigos. Deseo subrayarlo. No podemos decir: hermanos o no hermanos. Digámoslo claramente: hermanos o enemigos. Porque la indiferencia es una forma muy sutil de hostilidad. No hay necesidad de que la guerra se haga enemigos. La indiferencia es suficiente. Esta técnica basta, se transforma en técnica, basta con esta actitud de mirar para otro lado, sin preocuparse por el otro, como si no existiera.

We are brothers and sisters, born of one and the same Father. With different cultures and traditions, but brothers and sisters all. And it is in respect of our different cultures and traditions, of our different citizenships, that this fraternity needs to be built. Not by negotiating it.

It is the moment for listening. It is the moment for sincere acceptance. It is the moment for certainty that a world without brothers and sisters is a world of enemies. I wish to underscore it. We cannot say: either brothers or not brothers. Let us state it clearly: either brothers or enemies. Because disregard is a very subtle form of hostility. There is no need for war to make enemies. Disregard is enough. This technique suffices — it is transformed into a technique — it suffices with this attitude of looking the other way, not caring for the other, as if he or she did not exist.

Pope Francis, (2021), First Interniational day of human fraternity, Video Message of his holiness Pope Francis, Roma, Vatican. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LxbYeaG2rV4&feature=emb_title&ab_channel=VaticanNews-English


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