Words of Pope Fracisco to NGOs, of Catholic inspiration during the Rome Forum 2017, with the participation of the OMAEC
Pontifical Audience of December 13, 2017. Sala Pablo VI
His Holiness Pope Francis addressed the following words to the participants in the NGO Forum of Catholic inspiration, accredited to the International Organizations that took place in Rome on December 11 and 12, 2017:
“I am pleased to greet the participants in the 2017 Forum of Catholic-inspired Non-Governmental Organizations meeting in Rome during these days. I express my deep appreciation for your efforts to bring the light of the Gospel to the various peripheries of our world, in order to defend human dignity, to promote the integral development of peoples, and to meet the material and spiritual needs of so many members of our human family. I encourage you to work always in a spirit of communion and cooperation with other Catholic NGOs and with the representatives of the Holy See, as an expression of the Church’s commitment to the building of a more just and fraternal world. With prayerful good wishes that these days of reflection and discussion will prove fruitful for your work, I cordially impart to all of you my Apostolic Blessing.”
Mons. Francesco FOLLO, Permanent Observer of the Holy See to UNESCO, accompanied several NGOs accredited to UNESCO in this forum. Other observers from the Holy See accredited to International Organizations were also present.