In a letter to the Pontifical Academy for Life, Pope Francis reminded everyone that fraternity remains the unkept promise of modernity and that the strengthening of fraternity generated in humanity by worshiping God in spirit and truth, is the new frontier of Christianity.
The Pope’s letter written on the 25th anniversary of the Foundation focuses on the “human community” which he said is God’s dream before the creation of the world.
The Vatican released the full text of the letter addressed to the President of the Foundation – Mgr Vincenzo Paglia. This Foundation was created by Pope John Paul II.
“In our time, the Church is called once more to propose the humanism of life that burst from God’s passion for us human beings”, said the Pope while outlining the serious obstacles facing humanity today.
Pope Francis noted that their existed a state of emergency in our relationship “with the history of the world and its people”. This emergency is rooted in the concern for oneself instead of the common good which has led to a paradox where despite the fast growing economic and technological progress, humanity is creating bitter divisions and the worst nightmares.
In this scenario the Church must react to the negativity that foments division, indifference and hostility. This is a difficult task for the Church “which is in danger of failing to recognize the gravity of this emergency”.
The Pontiff, in his letter appealed “for a new vision aimed at promoting a humanism of fraternity and solidarity between individuals and peoples”.
Pope Francis wrote “we need to enter into the language of today, making the Gospel message incarnate in man’s concrete experience”.
He wished for the Pontifical Academy for Life to be “a place for courageous dialogue in the service of the common good.” This can be achieved by seeking universal criteria for making decisions, as well as a deepening understanding of the relationship between rights and duties.
There is also the need to study “emergent” and “convergent” technologies, particularly the information and communication technologies, bio-technologies, nanotechnologies, and robotics.
Pope Francis said, “The kind of medicine, economy, technology, and politics that develop within the modern city of man must also, above all, remain subject to the judgment rendered by the peripheries of the earth.”