Building social justice a collective work: Pope

Pope Francis delivers his video message to the judges conference on Monday (Vatican Media)

Guaranteeing justice for all men and women is not possible while a few people control most of the world’s wealth and everyone else’s right to a dignified life is disregarded, Pope Francis said on Monday. Source: CNS.

In a video message, the Pope encouraged judges from North and South America and Africa not to lose sight of “the distressing situation in which a small part of humanity lives in opulence, while an increasing number of people are denied dignity and their most elementary rights are ignored or violated”.

“We cannot be disconnected from reality,” he said. “This is a reality you must keep in mind.”

The judges were taking part in a two-day virtual meeting that concluded yesterday on “Building the New Social Justice”. The meeting was sponsored by the Pontifical Academy of Sciences and the Committee of Pan-American Judges for Social Rights and Franciscan Doctrine.

Offering a reflection for their discussions, Francis said that building social justice is a “collective work” that must be achieved on a daily basis “because imbalance is a temptation at every minute.”

Working toward true social justice must also be done with an “attitude of commitment” that follows “along the path of the good Samaritan” and that is mindful of not falling “into a culture of indifference”, he said.

He said true social justice is impossible if the people are not the centre of concern.

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