Pope Francis on January 7, 2019, gave a long and wide-ranging speech to the representatives of the states that have diplomatic relations with the Vatican. He stressed the importance of multilateralism, mentioned some of the diplomatic successes of 2018 – and pointed out the many challenges that remain.
“Politics must be farsighted and not limited to seeking short-term solutions.  A good politician should not occupy spaces but initiate processes; he or she is called to make unity prevail over conflict,” the Holy Father said.
“Fidelity to the spiritual mission based on the command that the Lord Jesus gave to the Apostle Peter,

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