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Opening Speech of His Excellency, 
Archbishop Nikola Eterović, 
Apostolic Nuncio in Germany,
to the World Congress of the International Peace Bureau 

Disarm! For a Climate of Peace

Berlin, September 30th  2016


 
„Nothing is lost with peace. Everything can be lost with war. “(Pope Pius XII in the Radio Message  to the governments and nations to prevent war, 24th of August 1939)
 
Dear participants, 
Ladies and Gentlemen!
 
Many times during the tragic wars of the last century and in our days, popes have raised their voice in clear words against war, speaking especially to the mighty in the world. Alas, only in rare cases this brought the insight that war is no solution but only disarmament is in accordance to common sense. Pope Pius XII underlined this at the eve of the tragedy of World War II. It was also the conviction of all popes in the 20th and the 21st century.  It is long since the Holy See is committed to promoting peace and combating arms race in the international community. What a relief would it be for the human family if armouries disappeared and were ostracized forever! This is a dream, already the prophet Isaiah showed in an apocalyptic image: „ The wolf and the lamb shall graze alike, and the lion shall eat hay like the ox. None shall hurt or destroy on all my holy mountain, says the LORD “(Is 65,25). Reality on earth is so very different from this; the heavenly Jerusalem seems far away. One only has to think about Syria and the Middle East to be aware of that.
 
In our days, not only weapons are a threat, but again it is ideologies in the beginning of violence all around the world. This is particularly tragic, when religion is stated as motive for terror and violence. How much fear and lack of faith stands behind this and torments the human family, which is one in diversity, also in diversity of religions! Disarmament would mean to repent, to abstain from doing evil. The third commandment that God revealed to his people, indeed to all people of good will, here is universally relevant and valid: „You shall not take the name of the LORD, your God, in vain“ (Ex 20,7).  
 
On behalf of the Holy Father Pope Francis, whom I have the honour of representing in the Federal Republic of Germany, I cordially greet all participants to this congress of the International Peace Bureau and I encourage you to support all efforts for promoting a very specific climate change, namely one in favour of peace. Pope Francis, the Bishop of Rome and Shepard of the universal Church, works tirelessly for violence, terror and war may end everywhere on this maltreated earth. May you become ambassadors of peace in a lacerated world and humanity, that await the steps of the messengers proclaiming peace (cf. Is 5,27)  and may your concrete efforts bring about a peace that endures!
 
„We need to strengthen the conviction that we are one single human family. There are no frontiers or barriers, political or social, behind which we can hide, still less is there room for the globalization of indifference. “(Pope Francis, Laudato Si‘, 52). The Holy Father invited leaders of the world religions to Assisi on September 20th. It was a commemoration of the first Assisi meeting thirty years earlier, convoked by Pope John Paul II. Now in this current convention, representatives of religions prayed for peace in the world and stood up for the promotion of peace. Peace is the name of God. Therefore, everyone promoting peace in justice is following a good path.
 
My best wishes for the proceedings of the congress and that it may bear abundant fruit! For this, I invoke upon you the blessing of the God of peace!