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Monday, June 8, 2015

Francis urges recognition of the rights of childhood

Vatican City, 8 June 2015 (VIS) – After praying the Angelus, the Pope recalled his recent visit to Sarajevo, a symbolic city that was for centuries known for the co-existence of peoples and religions, to the extent that it earned the name “Jerusalem of the West”, but in the recent past has transformed into a symbol of destruction and war. “A good process of reconciliation is now in process, and for this reason above all I went there: to encourage this path of peaceful co-existence between difference populations; a strenuous path, difficult but possible. And they are doing this well. I wish to again thank the authorities and citizens for their warm welcome, … the dear Catholic community, to whom I wished to take the affection of the universal Church, and in particular, all the faithful: Orthodox, Muslim, Jews and those of other religious minorities. I appreciated the commitment to collaboration and solidarity among these people who belong to different religions, inspiring everyone to carry forward the work of the spiritual and moral reconstruction of society. They work together as true brothers”.

The Solemnity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus will be celebrated next Friday, and the Holy Father therefore invited all to think of Christ's immense love. World Day against Child Labour will be held on the same day. “Many children throughout the world do not have the freedom to play or to go to school, and end up being exploited as cheap labour”, he said. “I hope that the international community will commit itself diligently and constantly to promoting the active recognition of childhood rights”.

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