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Pope: ‘Dialogue especially with those who disagree with you’

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Pope Francis receives in audience a group of members of the “Political Fraternity” of the Chemin Neuf Community and invites them to pursue their commitment to foster encounter and take action for the good of humanity.

The Chemin-Neuf Political Fraternity brings together young people aged 18 to 35, from different countries and political cultures, motivated by the same passion for the common good and the poor, and eager to act in politics according to the heart of God.

Addressing a group of its members in the Vatican on Monday, Pope Francis offered a reflection on the genuine meaning of politics for Christians.

First and foremost, he said, politics is an art of encounter .

Noting that this encounter consists of being open to others and accepting their differences as part of a respectful dialogue, for Christians, he said: there is more.

The Gospel, the Pope explained, demands that we love our enemies and this means that we are “called to see political encounters as fraternal encounters, especially with people who disagree with us.”It’s an attitude, he continued, that requires us to change the way we look at others, showing acceptance and respect.“Without such a change of heart, politics often risks turning into a violent […]

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