Pope Francis regretted that “many steps are still missing” to guarantee Human Rights

Pope Francis praying the Angelus (AFP) (ALBERTO PIZZOLI/)

He Pope Francisco stated this Sunday that after the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights Human rightswhich is 75 years old, “many steps forward have been taken, but there are still many and sometimes, unfortunately, it goes backwards”.

A bronchitis had prevented the Catholic leader from praying in the last two weeks, during which he spoke briefly and the homily was read from Casa Santa Marta. But this Sunday reappeared in the Apostolic Palace.

“75 years ago, on December 10, 1948, the Universal Declaration from the human rights. AND They are like a path to follow in which many steps forward have been taken, but many are still missing. And sometimes, unfortunately, it goes backwards,” he noted after the prayer in St. Peter’s Square.

The Pope assured that “commitment to human rights never ends” and for this reason he wanted to show his closeness to “all those who, without proclamations on a concrete day-to-day basis, fight and speak in the first person to defend the rights of those who do not count.”

This Sunday, the United Nations celebrates the 75th anniversary of the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, a text created to prevent a repetition of the horrors of World War II.

Christmas tree in front of the Apostolic Palace (Reuters)
Christmas tree in front of the Apostolic Palace (Reuters) (REMO CASILLI/)

On December 10, 1948, the UN General Assembly in Paris – New York would not be the permanent headquarters of these meetings until 1952 – adopted a text that wanted to collect the different rights of human beings, starting with life, liberty and security, first to be mentioned in its article 3.

The Pope too He prayed again for those suffering from war and remembered Ukraine, Israel and Palestine and asked that now that Christmas is approaching, “we are able, with the help of God, to take concrete and peaceful steps

“It’s not easy, we know. Some conflicts have deep, historical rootsbut we also have the testimony of men and women who have worked with wisdom and patience for a peaceful coexistence. Let’s follow his example. We must do everything possible to address, to eliminate the causes of conflicts“, he pointed.

And he added, “in the meantime, speaking of human rights, let us protect civilians, hospitals, places of worship, release hostages and guarantee humanitarian aid.”

On the other hand, Francis stressed the value of “silence and sobriety” and that they are essential “in words, in the media and social networks.”

“They are not just ornaments or virtues, but essential elements of the Christian life“, said.

In his explanation, he spoke of the desert as a place where “we cannot afford to dwell on useless things, but rather we must concentrate on what is essential to live.”

And he added that “to follow the path of life it is necessary to get rid of the most, because living well does not mean filling oneself with useless things, but rather freeing oneself from the superfluous, going deeper into oneself, to grasp what is truly important before God.”

“We can ask ourselves: What place does silence have in my days? Is it an empty silence, perhaps oppressive, or a space for listening, for prayer, where the heart can be guarded? “Is my life sober or full of superfluous things?” the pope asked the faithful.

He invited us to “go against the flow” and value silence, sobriety and listening.

He added: “If you don’t know how to shut up, it is difficult to have something good to say; while the more attentive the silence, the stronger the word.”

(With information from EFE)