He Pope Francisco wished this Saturday that “the dark clouds of war” thanks “to meeting and dialogue”, in the first speech of his trip to Mongolia and in which he gave as an example the period known as “mongolian pax”, the absence of conflicts between the peoples who were conquered by the mongol empire during the 13th and 14th centuries.
After meeting with the president of the country, Ukhnaagiin KhürelsükhPope Francis highlighted the role of peaceful Mongolia with “a wide network of diplomatic relations, its active adherence to the United Nations, their commitment to human rights and for peace, it plays a significant role in the heart of the great Asian continent and on the international stage.”
Pope Francis arrived in Mongolia this Friday to visit the little catholic community of about 1,400 faithful, but also a country situated between Russia and China and that it maintains good relations both with Beijing and with other states in the region such as North Korea.
In the living room Mongolian Ikh of the presidential palace, recalled that his trip to Mongolia coincides with the 860th anniversary of the birth of Genghis Khan. “For centuries, embracing distant and very different lands has demonstrated the exceptional ability of your ancestors to recognize the best of the peoples that made up the immense imperial territory and to put them at the service of common development,” the Pope said, recalling the great empire. Mongolian.
“This is an example that must be taken into account and reproduced in our days,” he added.
He hoped that “on earth, devastated by so many conflicts, they will also recreate today, respecting the international lawsthe conditions of what at one time was the pax mongola, that is, the absence of conflicts”.
“Let the dark clouds of war pass, may they dissipate by the firm will of a universal brotherhood in which tensions are resolved on the basis of encounter and dialogue, and that all are guaranteed the Fundamental rights. Here, in your country, rich in history and heaven, let us implore this gift from on high and let us get down to work to build together a future of peace”, the Pope said.
On the other hand, he praised the determination of that nation “to stop nuclear proliferation and present itself to the world as a country without nuclear weapons”
“Mongolia is not just a democratic nation carrying on a foreign policy peaceful, but intends to play an important role for the world peace”, stressed the Pope, who also stressed that the capital punishment disappeared from the legal system.
The Pope also highlighted “the wisdom of generations of prudent ranchers and farmers, always careful not to upset the delicate balances of the ecosystem, has much to teach those who today do not want to close themselves off in the search for a myopic personal interest, but want to give to posterity a still welcoming and fertile land”.
“You help us to recognize and promote with delicacy and attention, contrasting the effects of human devastation with a culture of care and foresight, which is reflected in responsible ecology policies,” he added.
Although Mongolia and especially its capital, Ulaanbaatar, It is considered one of the most polluted in the world due to the factories and the fact that its inhabitants continue to heat themselves with coal stoves.
He also praised the round tents used by nomadic populations in Central Asia and which in this country are home to many, and said that “they could be defined as smart and green, as versatile, multifunctional and with zero impact on the environment.”
He invited “the political projects are always at the service of the common good, also representing a brake on the dangerous worm of the corruption”.
Just as he devoted a good part of his speech to relations with the state of the Catholic Church and he hoped that, despite being a small community, “they will not have difficulty always being able to offer their human and spiritual contribution to Mongolia, for the benefit of this people.”
(With information from EFE)