The globalisation of poverty and the concentration of wealth have made precarious the life of so many of our contemporaries, especially to the south, but also in the north. Misery is a theological question. God, in man His image, is condemned to live in sub-human conditions! How can it be tolerated? How can we not help? How can we not commit ourselves to changing the "structures of sin" which are the cause? Another vast field is inter-religious dialogue. The encounter with Buddhism, Hinduism and Islam raise new questions in the West. If the politicians are discovering the problem only now, long ago, our brothers in the field were working to create bridges to avoid as much as possible mistrust and confrontation. In this connection, we must mention Father Marcello Zago, our former Superior General, deceased as Archbishop and Secretary of the Congregation for the Evangelisation of Peoples, who was the kingpin of the historical meeting between the religious leaders of the world, in Assisi, in 1986? It was a great beginning, but what remains to be done is enormous and calls for our commitment.
We are thus confronted with new situations and new questions, both internal and external. It is a time of courage!
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